The first law of thermodynamics, also known as Law of Conservation of Energy, states that the total energy of an isolated system is constant; energy can be transformed from one form to another, but can be neither created nor destroyed.
The second law of thermodynamics states that the total entropy of an isolated system can never decrease over time, and is constant if and only if all processes are reversible. Isolated systems spontaneously evolve towards thermodynamic equilibrium, the state with maximum entropy.
The third law of thermodynamics states the entropy of a system approaches a constant value as its temperature approaches absolute zero.
Any form of energy will gradually lose its potential by means of (undesired) energy loss. An example is (undesired) heat production in for example combustion engines. Entropy is a universal physical law. For example perpetual motion violates the first and second law of thermodynamics. It is simply impossible for something to go from an inferior state to a superior state only by means of mindless naturalistic processes and without input of some external force. Against this reality naturalists are forced to believe that everything came from nothing and that order arose from disorder without any intelligent intervention.
Evolutionists try to talk their way out of hardcore science by for example comparing biological evolution with baking cookies in an oven. So because evolution is scientifically impossible, as it violates the second law of thermodynamics, evolutionists try to sell for example the sun as a creative force which supposedly makes the impossible possible somehow. Evolutionists have the tendency to use mindless natural phenomena as creative forces or beings. They use the sun as a Sun God, mindless natural selection as Mother Nature, and mindless time as Father Time. In addition they sell observable microevolution as unobservable macroevolution, two fundamentally different phenomena. It may be good for fooling kids, as this PBS video basically does, but in reality it is an insult to science.
To attribute the development of life on Earth to natural selection is to assign to it the ability to violate the second law of thermodynamics and to cause order to arise from disorder.
It is often argued that since the Earth is not a closed system - it receives energy from the Sun, for example - the second law is not applicable in this case. It is true that order can increase locally, if the local increase is compensated by a decrease elsewhere, ie, an open system can be taken to a less probable state by importing order from outside. ... The second law of thermodynamics - at least the underlying principle behind this law - simply says that natural forces do not cause extremely improbable things to happen, and it is absurd to argue that because the Earth receives energy from the Sun, this principle was not violated here when the original rearrangement of atoms occurred.
Contrary to what Charles Darwin believed, and contrary to to the majority opinion in science today, the development of intelligent life is not the inevitable or reasonably probable result of the right conditions, it is extremely improbable under any circumstances.
specified complexity is caused by intelligent agents, not by mindless naturalistic processes. An open system still requires input of intelligence in order to increase specified complexity. Although sunlight is vital for the existence of life, the energy of the sun is not creative and rather causes damage to life in the form of harmful mutations caused by its radiation. See also Degeneration. The fine-tuned universe itself with the solar system is a closed system. The oven used to bake cookies was designed by intelligent human beings and uses energy to bake cookies. The room or house or city or planet in which the oven is used serves as a closed system. Even baking cookies requires input of energy and intelligent intervention, it doesn't happen by itself. Even little kids know that.
A theory is the more impressive the greater the simplicity of its premises, the more different kinds of things it relates, and the more extended its area of applicability. Therefore the deep impression that classical thermodynamics made upon me. It is the only physical theory of universal content which I am convinced will never be overthrown, within the framework of applicability of its basic concepts.
Let us draw an arrow arbitrarily. If as we follow the arrow we find more and more of the random element in the state of the world, then the arrow is pointing towards the future; if the random element decreases the arrow points towards the past. That is the only distinction known to physics. This follows at once if our fundamental contention is admitted that the introduction of randomness is the only thing which cannot be undone..." ... The law that entropy always increases holds, I think, the supreme position among the laws of Nature. If someone points out to you that your pet theory of the universe is in disagreement with Maxwell's equations — then so much the worse for Maxwell's equations. If it is found to be contradicted by observation — well, these experimentalists do bungle things sometimes. But if your theory is found to be against the second law of thermodynamics I can give you no hope; there is nothing for it but to collapse in deepest humiliation.
The thermodynamic arrow of time is uncontroversial. Lord Kelvin said thatThere is at present in the material world a universal tendency to the dissipation of mechanical energy.Finding more and more of the random element in the state of the world towards the future invalidates the assumption that specified complexity arises by means of mindless naturalistic processes only, without intelligent intervention. It's a simple and hardcore fact that mindless naturalistic processes do not cause order or specified complexity, intelligent agents do. Hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, storms, lightning, sun radiation, and other natural phenomena do not create anything, they can even be destructive or unfavorable to life. Anything left alone to the elements simply decays and decomposes. Ivan P. Bazarov said thatThe second law of thermodynamics is, without a doubt, one of the most perfect laws in physics..
I feel profoundly convinced that the argument of design has been greatly too much lost sight of in recent zoological speculations. Reaction against frivolities of teleology, such as are to be found, not rarely, in the notes of learned Commentators on Paley's "Natural Theology," has I believe had a temporary effect in turning attention from the solid and irrefragable argument so well put forward in that excellent old book. But overpoweringly strong proofs of intelligent and benevolent design lie all round us, and if ever perplexities, whether metaphysical or scientific, turn us away from them for a time, they come back upon us with irresistible force, showing to us through nature the influence of a free will, and teaching us that all living beings depend on one ever-acting Creator and Ruler.
To put it in Darwin's words...
The more we know of the fixed laws of nature the more incredible do miracles become.
The creation of the fine-tuned universe from nothing with the so-called big bang sure is a miracle. The creation of life from non-life sure is a miracle. The explosion of specified complexity with the Cambrian explosion sure is a miracle. So by explaining the laws of nature more and more these irrepeatable events are becoming more and more miraculous and the philosophy naturalism starts looking more and more incompetent as an explanation. Charles Darwin was a self-contradictory man. The best explanation for the natural world is the supernatural. But that might require an open mind which atheists don't have by definition.
Talk Origins - Thermodynamics, Evolution and Creationism
CreationWiki - 2nd law of thermodynamics prohibits evolution (Talk.Origins)
CreationWiki - Systems left to themselves invariably tend towards disorder (Talk.Origins)
CreationWiki - The 2nd law, and the trend to disorder, is universal (Talk.Origins)
Granville Sewell - Entropy and Evolution
Granville Sewell - A second look at the second law
Evan Wiggs - Physics is not Evolution's Friend
Evan Wiggs - Thermodynamics of Living Systems
True Origin - Thermodynamics vs. Evolutionism
Conservapedia - Second Law of Thermodynamics
Mathematics of Evolution - The Probability of Evolution