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The Origin of Life: Correcting Common Mistakes on Thermodynamics | Evolution News

December 17, 2017

It’s important that Christians — and everyone else, for that matter — understand that The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics makes both Abiogenesis and macro-evolution impossible without the intervention of a mind. It’s sad when otherwise bright philosophers like Vincent Torley buy into materialist hand-waving over it hook, line and sinker, as Brian Miller points out here:

“…Torley writes that the work of Jeremy England has overcome all of these challenges by demonstrating that natural processes could move a system toward higher free energy. This claim represents a complete misunderstanding of his research. England’s simulations study how energy could be absorbed from some source and then released (dissipated) into the environment. His models presuppose that energy is readily available, and it can be directly accessed to drive specific reactions of interest. In other words, if his models did relate to the origin of life, he would have assumed that the central problem of processing and redirecting an available energy source would have already been solved.However, in none of his technical papers does he directly relate any of his work to concrete origin-of-life research. He simply states that his models might offer possible analogies, and he identifies minimum heat dissipation in self-replication. Popular-level articles have strongly made the connection to the origin of life but without any justification. To the contrary, England’s work is based on fluctuation theorems which demonstrate that systems driven from equilibrium tend towards states of higher entropy and greater energy dissipation — the opposite direction of what is needed for the first cell. For perspective on the problem: combining basic molecules into a bacterium requires energy being absorbed (opposite of dissipated) from the environment in the amount of roughly 0.27 ev/atom. This value, if scaled, would parallel a bathtub of room-temperature water absorbing enough heat from the environment to start boiling. A clear impossibility…”

Source: The Origin of Life: Correcting Common Mistakes on Thermodynamics | Evolution News

Prominent Retraction Vindicates Stephen Meyer and Signature in the Cell | Evolution News

December 16, 2017

“…Szostak by his own admission was “incredibly excited” by the outcome of his work. But as Retraction Watch puts it, “the team had misinterpreted the initial data.” It was “definitely embarrassing,” as Szostak concedes. “In retrospect, we were totally blinded by our belief.” Again, as Dr. Gauger notes, his honesty is to be praised.But what is that about being “blinded” by “belief”? I hear an echo of his remarks on intelligent design and its peril, in which he added the comment, “I think that belief systems based on faith are inherently dangerous, as they leave the believer susceptible to manipulation when skepticism and inquiry are discouraged…”

Source: Prominent Retraction Vindicates Stephen Meyer and Signature in the Cell | Evolution News

Hold Tight to This When You’re Feeling Weary and Tired | LightWorkers

December 15, 2017

“…You took the first brave steps on the path with Him, and for Him. It is for this that I tell you to keep going. It does not matter how far along, or how far behind you are. The road is full of impostors, but they are not always the ones in the rear… they are the ones standing still. Do not be enticed by their false ends. Do not be discouraged if you face a setback or are forced to retrace ground from time to time. All who follow this path encounter such things. After all, the road becomes narrower—yet more beautiful—the further you go. It is a challenge, make no mistake. But what sort of individual backs away from a challenge? And what greater challenge is there than holiness?…”

Source: Hold Tight to This When You’re Feeling Weary and Tired | LightWorkers

I’m a pediatrician. Here’s what I did when a little boy told me he was a girl | Opinion | LifeSite

December 15, 2017

“…Biological sex is not assigned. Sex is determined at conception by our DNA and is stamped into every cell of our bodies. Human sexuality is binary. You either have a normal Y chromosome, and develop into a male, or you don’t, and you will develop into a female. There are at least 6,500 genetic differences between men and women. Hormones and surgery cannot change this…”

Source: I’m a pediatrician. Here’s what I did when a little boy told me he was a girl | Opinion | LifeSite