Hi electric_monk and yogyakarta:
I understand that science, scientific evidence and reason are the basis for our discussions and search for understanding as opposed to old stories or right out superstition.
I also understand that the second law of thermodynamics has a lot to say for the understanding of how the Universe works.
It is very interesting what Albert Einstein had to say regarding the second law :
“A law is more impressive the greater the simplicity of its premises, the more different are the kinds of things it relates, and the more extended its range of applicability. (..) It is the only physical theory of universal content, which I am convinced, that within the framework of applicability of its basic concepts will never be overthrown.”
“Thus the science of thermodynamics seeks by analytical means to deduce necessary conditions, which separate events have to satisfy, from the universally experienced fact that perpetual motion is impossible”. .........including the Universe’s.
Or what Richard Dawkins himself stated:
“Nothing violates the Second Law of Thermodynamics. The great astrophysicist Sir Arthur Eddington put it with memorable irony.
“If someone points out to you that your pet theory of the universe is in disagreement with Maxwell’s equations - then so much the worse for Maxwell’s equations. If it is found to be contradicted by observation - well, these experimentalists do bungle things sometimes. But if your theory is found to be against the second law of thermodynamics I can give you no hope; there is nothing for it but to collapse in deepest humiliation.”
There are certain premises in math (such as 2+2=4 or that if a>b and b>c, then a>c) which we consider to hold true always; and theories in science which are considered to be true by the way of physical evidence, deduction, induction, or whatever. It seems that one of these theories, which is considered an Universal Law, is the second law of thermodynamics. Einstein and R. Dawkins seem to think so too.