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Order from Chaos

This is the fourth and final blog post in the "Squint" series.

It's been longer than intended since I, Will Malpass, have posted fresh, insightful, um...insights into the true nature of reality. However, readers, please don't be concerned. My extended absence from this blog, THE MAIN THING, isn't the result of something you did or didn't do. No, please permit me to reassure you—it's me, not you. You're fine. Seriously. Please don't look at me like that. It's not you.

Well okay, there WAS that one thing you did a couple of months ago, remember? That seemed a little bit hurtful, but I'm totally over that now. No really. I'm good. Great, even. I never even think about it anymore. Or very infrequently, anyway. So um, yeah.

ANYWAY, today we're concluding the "Squint" series of posts, which are all characterized by the need to look at an issue differently and in a concentrated fashion to make out where the wise and learned scientists are coming from. Because it doesn't really make sense, otherwise. And even with squinting, there seem to be logical flaws in what the scientists proclaim.

Today's issue is Order from Chaos. And it's not personal, it's just thermodynamics.

Lord Kelvin

William Thomson, also known as Lord Kelvin—yes, THAT Lord Kelvin—working with Rudolf Clausius—no, NOT Anders Celsius (but it's a mildly interesting coincidence, huh?)—came up with the Second Law of Thermodynamics, which states that the entropy of any isolated system always increases. Entropy is a thermodynamic property that is the measure of a system’s thermal energy per unit of temperature that is unavailable for doing useful work.

(Parenthetically, husbands, DO NOT attempt to use "I've accumulated too much entropy, dear, and am unavailable for doing useful work" as an excuse to forgo the privilege of completing tasks directed by your beloved wife. Trust me, she has a First Law of Don't Even Try It, Mister that supersedes Lord Kelvin's Second Law of Thermodynamics.)

So the problem with ever-increasing entropy is we would expect to observe a universe that moves from being more orderly early on in reality to less orderly (more chaotic) as reality drags out toward the end. But what we actually observe is incomprehensibly vast realms of completely chaotic space where already there is no available energy for work, and relatively tiny pockets of space called galaxies that are still quite well-ordered with plenty of available energy for work. And this arrangement of vast realms of chaos and smaller areas of ordered galaxies has actually become more and more pronounced over the course of time!

So while the entirety of reality (the isolated system) has displayed increasing entropy, thus validating the Second Law of Thermodynamics, small pockets of reality have paradoxically moved in the opposite direction over time, from chaos to order.

Small pockets of reality have paradoxically moved from Chaos to Order.

This paradoxical behavior in contradiction to the Second Law of Thermodynamics is the only reason galaxies exist. Or individual stars like our Sun, or planets like Earth. And all of us life forms including humans are a stark contradiction to the Second Law of Thermodynamics as well.

So what we actually observe is a reality populated with little pockets of organized systems that aren't complying with the principle of increasing entropy. What has caused this? Or even better, WHO has caused this? Who is it that can fashion order from chaos?

The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.

Psalm 19:1

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