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Comment on God vs. The Second Law of Thermodynamics

alborz Thu, Jun 28, 2007
I don't think evolution or life have any inherent value. Life is merely an arrangement of matter which we happen to place value on because we happen to be arranged to have it. In order for life to continue, it needs to evolve in reaction to other living matter and non-living matter (which suggests that non-living matter evolves as well). Living matter by nature, regardless of its intelligence or desires, wants to continue living; non-living matter wants to continue not living.** In this respect, placing importance on life is the ultimate form of anthropomorphism - which itself is just another evolutionary driver.

I think curiosity is more the defining characteristic of humanity than the desire to evolve. It has been much more responsible for our evolution than our desire. Whether or not we desire to evolve, or even our evolution itself, does not matter - it is already set in motion through our curiosity.

Another way of putting "does it really make a difference?" is: to whom or what does it make a difference? Well it only makes a difference to us. If/when we stop evolving and cease to exist, the rest of being will continue to evolve in and to our absence.

Aaron, regarding nothingness - I think eternity presents the same problem to our faculties as zero. That we may at some point understand the infinity of the universe, suggests our achieving infinity in our mental capacities or otherwise. Which again, is something I find hard to comprehend...at the moment.

Anyway, I feel like I'm getting too big for my britches. Embracing curiosity is the way to go for me.

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**(This could change as it must have done so a few billion years ago on our planet.)