I took thermodynamics early on in my physics education. I aced it. It was fun. Surprising, but fun.
One of the key takeaways from thermodynamics is the concept of entropy. Entropy is a difficult topic that sometimes confuses even professors of physics. However, there is a simple rule of thumb that always turns out to be true. That rule is “Total entropy always increases, or at best stays the same.” It is the ratchet of the universe, the thing that gives us a direction in time. It is why we know that the debris from a firecracker going off will never arrange themselves back into a firecracker. We can look at those two states and objectively and positively state that one happened before another.
This rule is enshrined as “The Second Law of Thermodynamics.” When physicists invoke that law, they know exactly what they are talking about.
Where does entropy come from? It comes from the simple fact that when you put a lot of small, random events together, you always end up with a random distribution. If you start off with an unlikely scenario, then you will end up with a more likely scenario as these random processes apply themselves. Entropy is a measure of how likely a given scenario is due to random processes. States of low entropy show high degrees of organization, such as the etchings on a microchip or the streets in a city, painted with distinct lines, with intersections with working stoplights, and cars neatly lined up one after the other, traveling more or less the same speed. States of high entropy don’t have distinct lines and order, and patterns that exist are simply due to the brain trying to hard to find any patterns at all. It’s like hearing voices in static or seeing faces in the snow we used to get in our TVs.
If you could violate the second law, then you have discovered a source of infinite energy. What you’ve done is you’ve found a way to cheat at randomness, to predict the unpredictable. Maxwell’s daemon gives us an example of what that cheating might look like. Suppose there was a chamber of gas divided by a wall. In that wall there was a tiny door that could let one molecule through at a time. A tiny daemon opened and closed that wall such that faster particles would be allowed to travel from right to left, and slower particles from left to right, but otherwise the particles were kept in place. The end result would be that the left side would heat up, and the right side cool. Just by moving this tiny door (which has a net cost of zero energy if you ignore friction) you can create that temperature difference, which can be used to drive a motor. Add in enough daemons and doors and you could create infinite amounts of energy in an instant.
This sounds like a really smart idea, and in today’s age of microchips and nanomachines, it may even seem possible to build one. However, there is the problem that calculating whether to open or close the door takes energy itself, and unfortunately, it has been proven that at no scale will you ever find that the net energy produced would exceed the energy consumed. Nature has a way of ensuring that the Second Law is always in place.
Which gets me to the idea behind evolution. I’m not just talking about the evolution of the diversity of the species or whatnot, but evolution as a general concept. People seem to have this idea that if you let random processes run their course, you will get order. This simply isn’t the case. Things don’t work that way. It doesn’t work in biology, it doesn’t work in economics, and it doesn’t work in any other field. You can never roll dice and somehow find that you start rolling all 6’s. If you did, then there wasn’t any randomness to begin with, just pseudo-randomness like you might find in a computer program. (Pseudo-random means that it is fake random. It looks like random, but it really exhibits structure. This is a huge problem in cryptography because if you can predict random numbers, then you can break encryptions. Since pseudo-random numbers can be predicted, they should not be used for cryptography.)
I ask you to question your own faith in evolution. Why do you believe that random chance can produce order? What mechanism is there that causes this to be? Keep in mind that thermodynamics, a seemingly simple field where we are only interested in how fast thing are moving, physics professors make mistakes all the time regarding randomness. How can you expect to do better?
I implore you to follow your calculations to their logical conclusion. If randomness can bring order, why one particular type of order rather than another? Who’s to say this or that is ordered and those other thing aren’t? How do you measure order or success or whatnot? Why would thing randomly evolve one direction but not randomly evolve a different direction? If there is a sort of ratchet effect, why does it work only one way and why can’t the ratchet ever be reversed?
When you examine a system that claims evolution in detail, I am sure you will find that there is no evolution at all, just randomness, and randomness leads to decay, to the most likely scenario. The most likely scenario is rarely the desired scenario. Sure, for a short time, you may have a less likely scenario, but that will only last for moments, inconsequential in the long run.
If you want order, if you want to move things out of a natural state, you need a Maxwell’s daemon to do that for you. The secret to Maxwell’s daemon is the mind. People who have been indoctrinated in the materialist philosophy seem to think that the mind is a manifestation of physical reality, but this is simply illogical. After all, physical reality is predictable. Even in Quantum Mechanics, even though we can’t predict which precise event will happen, we can predict the likelihood of each possible case. The mind must be beyond physical reality because the mind is inherently unpredictable. You cannot create unpredictable things with predictable things (ask people who are trying to generate actual random numbers for cryptography and they will explain this in great detail.) Either the thing created from the predictable universe is predictable itself (since it is part of the universe), or the universe is not predictable and thus there is nothing to understand or reason about. Physicists chose to remove the mind from the material world and insist that the material world is predictable. If we didn’t do that, we wouldn’t have modern physics at all, but we would be worshiping the gods of randomness, not unlike the ancient Greeks and Romans did. We would simply say, “That is random chance” and wouldn’t even bother investigating it.