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The Talk.Origins Archive: Exploring the Creation/Evolution Controversy

Thermodynamics, Evolution and Creationism

Creationists have long argued that evolution violates the second law of thermodynamics and thus is impossible. The following FAQs address why that is not true.

Five Major Misconceptions about Evolution: Evolution violates the 2nd law of thermodynamics

A short and to-the-point answer to this creationist claim.

An Index to Creationist Claims: 2nd Law of Thermodynamics and Information Theory

Brief replies to various thermodynamics claims by antievolutionists.

The Second Law of Thermodynamics, Evolution, and Probability

Does evolution violate the second law of thermodynamics? Creationists say yes. This article describes in detail why the creationists are wrong.

Attributing False Attributes to Thermodynamics

Creationists have created a 'voodoo' thermodynamics based solely on metaphors in order to convince those not familiar with real thermodynamics that their sectarian religious views have scientific validity.

Entropy, Disorder and Life

Can the mathematically quantifiable concept of entropy be equated to the common-sense notion of "disorder" in any meaningful way? John Pieper answers this question, incorporating Boltzmann's entropy equation and the field of science called statistical mechanics, concluding that the only way "disorder" is defined in a thermodynamic sense is no help to creationists' arguments against evolution.

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