The Discovery Institute has dredged up a really ancient clunker this time. At their creationist blog we found Physicist Eric Hedin: The Challenge from Thermodynamics to an Unguided Origin of Life. The thing has no author’s by-line.
You know who Eric Hedin is. Years ago he was at the center of a storm when it was revealed that he was introducing Oogity Boogity into his course on the “Boundaries of Science” at Ball State University. We called it the Ball State Imbroglio. Now he’s found a haven at the Discovery Institute. If you need more background, take a look at Eric Hedin Leaves Ball State, Goes to Biola.
Anyway, Hedin is featured in the Discoveroids’ new post. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
On a new ID the Future episode [Ooooooooooooh! A Discoveroid podcast!], host Eric Anderson sits down with Canceled Science [Link omitted!] author and physicist Eric Hedin to discuss Hedin’s new book and, in particular, the book’s take on the origin-of-life problem. Download the podcast or listen to it here. [Link omitted!]
Sounds exciting! What does Hedin have to say about the origin-of-life problem? We’re told:
Hedin says the second law of thermodynamics poses a serious problem for the idea of a mindless origin of the first single-celled organism from prebiotic materials.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Creationists have been babbling about the second law of thermodynamics for decades! We started posting about it in the first year of this humble blog — see Evolution and the Second Law of Thermodynamics. Also, there are several entries about it at the TalkOrigins Index to Creationist Claims. For example, see The second law of thermodynamics prohibits evolution.
Okay, back to the Discoveroids. They tell us:
Such an event [origin of life, presumably] would have involved a breathtaking increase in new information [Gasp!], and physics tells us pretty clearly that mindless nature degrades information; it doesn’t create it.
Let’s return to Talk Origins for that one — see The second law of thermodynamics, and the trend to disorder, is universal. Okay, what else do the Discoveroids have about Hedin? Their brief post ends with this:
Are there workarounds? Listen as he explains why he’s not optimistic. And grab a copy of his new book [Link omitted!] to get his extended take.
Sure. Go ahead and get a copy of Hedin’s book. You might come away from it actually believing that like everything else, the Discoveroids are also trending toward disorder.
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