Thermodynamics does suggest that, but this doesn't imply that evolution is impossible by chance. The tendency toward 0K takes a long long time, and the energy gets to go through a whole lotta different arrangements as it spreads itself out, a mix of big and small, with localised stability or increases in temperature. Fertile ground for complexity including life and evolution. Of course, evolution may or may not be possible by chance, we just don't know, but the eventuality of heat death (in itself an unverified hypothesis) doesn't seem to say anything one way or the other on evolution or its origin.socratus wrote:Evolution / Consciousness and Quantum of Light.
Can evolution be possible by chance?
No, because “ The second law of thermodynamics “ says the Universe
as whole goes to cold equilibrium ( T=0K) , to regress, to death.
So, by chance evolution is impossible.
Ultimately, I guess this question could only really be answered when or if we learn what set energy on this journey in the first place. We're not sure if the universe is ultimately deterministic or not (i.e. whether chance itself is something that exists). We're collectively not sure if the universe was created by a 'guiding mind' or not, and if so, what the story is behind that mind.
Again, I'm not saying your conclusion is wrong, but the logic doesn't follow, particularly in the face of the enormous number of unknowns involved. Energy may have the long-term ability to split into smaller and smaller quanta without end, quanta which may maintain complex relations with each other. Life may even evolve at this scale, what appears to us to be 1 degree above absolute zero is still, mathematically speaking anyway, a potentially infinite number of further decays and divisions.
The word progress doesn't really apply to evolution. 'Change' is probably more appropriate. It could be understand as progress in relation to how much something has adapted to its environment, but the long-term (and to a lesser extent, short term) variability of the environment essentially precludes this.socratus wrote: Evolution means progress.
But if evolution is progress
it must have consciousness to make this progress possible.
If it so, we have an astonishing situation.
In 1900 , Max Planck , trying to save the Universe from ice age discovered
Quantum of Light. This Quantum of Light saves the Universe from
extinction, gives life and it means takes part in the Cosmic evolution.
Beats me, I don't even know if I have it.socratus wrote: Question:
Does Quantum of Light have consciousness?
Didn't know Einstein said this, but it's so true and quite depressing, not only because it applies to light quanta, but essentially all the particles and forces physics has uncovered. All our best science can only say how these things relate to each other (i.e. a description in terms of maths, energy or information), not what any of it actually is.socratus wrote: #
All these fifty years of conscious brooding have brought me
no nearer to the answer to the question ' What are light quanta?'
Nowadays every Tom, Dick and Harry thinks he knows it,
but he is mistaken
/ Albert Einstein /
Had my own thoughts on this which I think are mostly wrong, don't quite know enough of the juicier physics.socratus wrote: "There is in particular one problem whose exhaustive
solution could provide considerable elucidation.
What becomes of the energy of a photon after complete emission?"
/ Max Planck. Nobel Lecture, June 2, 1920 /
This question still waits for its answer.
Israel Sadovnik. Socratus.
The winning answer here (http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index ... 505AAfUWrV) is quite interesting, particularly the final paragraph, but not sure how much of it is factual, can't trust anything on the internet these days!