Saturday, May 12, 2012

Note to Slipglass: Your CEO is a Genius

Look! It's another genius who thinks "the existence of life refutes the Second Law of Thermodynamics". It's Mark Baisley, who is the CEO of a company called "Slipglass".

And everywhere we look, physicists are scurrying around trying to repair physics after Baisley's devastating refutation.


Paul C. Anagnostopoulos said...

Wow, he doesn't even bother to justify his claim that the 2LoT disallows evolution, or life, or whatever. Snore.

~~ Paul

Anonymous said...

The Second Law of Thermodynamics is typically summed up as "systems become increasingly disordered." A good example is your grandfather’s 1934 Oldsmobile. After it broke down for the last time, it got parked behind the grain elevator and rusted into metal so thin that grass grows through it. Eventually, it will amalgamate with the soil as a stain that no one will notice. But that very set of molecules was at one point very noticeable by your grandfather as an intelligently designed and purposeful contraption on the showroom floor of the dealership.

Jeffrey Shallit said...

Wow, look, anonymous has learned to cut and paste! And he thinks that's justifying the claim about the 2nd law.

Diogenes said...

Uh, you all know that rusting is an example of entropy *DECREASE*, right!?

The intrinsic entropy of iron + gaseous oxygen is MORE than that of rust. Permitted by second law, because the reaction is exothermic and radiates heat to the environment.

So the environment gets hotter, net entropy gain of Oldsmobile+ environment.

But Oldsmobile rusting itself is just local entropy DECREASE of an isolated system.

Yet every idiot in the world pulls out this example of entropy DECREASE in order to prove... that entropy can never decrease.

ipswitch said...

By "every idiot", are you including wikipedia?