Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Statesman Journal of Salem, Oregon. It’s titled Christian writer defends entropy and Second Law of Thermodynamics, and the newspaper has a comments feature.
Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote her by using her full name. Her first name is Christine. Excerpts from her letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
This letter is in response to a Letter to the Editor that Laurel Hines sent to the Statesman Journal on Nov. 1.
This is what she’s talking about: Newspaper can’t be faulted for decline in respect for God. Christine doesn’t like it. She says:
I am a Christian. She implies that Christians believe in “myths.”
That’s outrageous! Christine tells us:
I believe in entropy, which is a part of the Second Law of Thermodynamics. Vocubulary.com says: “The idea of entropy comes from a principle of thermodynamics dealing with energy. It usually refers to the idea that everything in the universe moves from order to disorder and is the measurement of that change.” This is a law, not a myth.
Entropy isn’t a law, but it’s certainly not a myth, so Christine is partly right. Let’s read on:
The decline of my body over the years proves that entropy is true. If it is declining, how can it be evolving, thus getting better? Entropy proves that evolution is not true.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Christine’s increasing decrepitude disproves evolution! Another excerpt:
A friend believes in the theory of evolution. I told him that the Second Law of Thermodynamics implies that evolution is not true. He replied, “I know.”
Wow! And now we come to the end:
Laurel Hines [the earlier letter-writer] states “the newspaper is merely keeping up with the times and focusing on fact versus fiction.” She later implies that evolution is a fact. It is a theory, entropy is a law. Get your facts straight.
Discussing laws, theories, and facts with Christine is like playing a game of Rock–paper–scissors with someone who doesn’t know what rock. paper and scissors are.
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