Remember the guy in Luneta who refuse to define matter as something that has mass? Well I was surprise to find out that not only he refuse to define matter in a proper way, he also believe that dreams and intuitions are cause by lusty demon spirits called incubus. What is more surprising is the fact that he explains his conviction by accusing the science of psychology as erroneous.
There is also this guy in Luneta who defend his religious faith by justifying his belief on mystical and spiritual realms saying science have already proven these “facts”. Facts…Hmmmm…I never saw any scientific journals that say scientists already discovered heaven and hell and the superpowers you can have when you chant certain mantras. Nor did I saw any scientific literatures stating that it already ascertained the realm of the supernatural because the “String Theory” has justify the existence of elves and fairies. Oh! Nor did I read any scientific books that say neither Theory of Everything nor quantum physics have discovered the realm of demons, angels, talking donkeys and water-walking messiahs. Yet the guy is so damn sure that science has justified his supernatural belief. Sometimes he even muddles up science with mythical, absurd religious philosophies…But hey! Who will know the difference eh?
Other God-believers employ a different method. Here in the Philippines…people have a little knowledge in science. Well, because majority of Filipino never really read books and tend to be more engrossed in the latest gossip about who’s that sexy actress who just got herself pregnant rather than knowing what’s new on biological evolution or quantum mechanics. In this kind of situation these so-called scientific theists thrive.
In a crowd full of uninformed public, these sly fraudsters will set up to confer their so-called “scientific” understanding. They will say to the masses; that energy is finite, that infinite can be use on concrete beings, that the Big Bang is the origin of the universe, that evolution means the origin of life on planet earth, that space doesn’t exist, that since you cannot see your mind, then there is an excuse why you don’t see God, that quantum physics is the proof that God exist, that the string theory prove the existence of the supernatural realm, that we have a “God Gene” in gene number 19, and that the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics is a proof that energy can be destroyed. But will the ordinary Filipino become aware of the sham?
As these villains continue their crusade to murder science in the name of their God, the losing end will be those people who believed their pretense. Alas another batch of mindless dimwits to walk on the face of the planet.
Take the case of the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics for example:
One of the most favorite arguments Christians love to use against atheism is the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics. Well…to look like scientific, believers would love to use certain laws of physics to justify their God belief as…eh scientific. But does the argument involving The Second Law of Thermodynamics does hold water?
Before going to the argument, let us first learn what the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics is.
The Law of Thermodynamics invokes a quantity called entropy. Entropy is derived from the ratio of the heat energy of a system to the highest temperature object within the system. The second law actually states that “disorder in a closed system tends to increase.”
By “closed system” we are talking about a system receiving no energy from an outside source. Briefly, the Second Law of Thermodynamics states that, in a closed system, entropy tends toward a maximum; there is an increase in randomness, a tendency toward equilibrium and, consequently, a decrease of available energy.
Note that the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics is not applicable to an open system…well to give you a more basic example. Imagine a hot cup of coffee. You will notice that a hot cup of coffee will cool after a few minutes. The cup of coffee will cool down to the temperature of the room. The energy will always flow downhill. In other words, a close system will always tend to get more and more disorder over time with less and less useful energy available.
In a recent discussion with Miss Faith in a certain Christian Yahoo!Group, she said that since energy becomes less useful in the second law of thermodynamics that means energy is finite. The argument is unsound and used by people unfamiliar with physics. The 2nd Law of thermodynamics never stated that when useful energy decreases is synonymous of energy being destroyed. In fact, in the 2nd law we are just saying that useful energy just change to a less useful energy. When energy is use, that doesn’t necessary mean all the used up energy was destroyed. Measurements of different kinds of energy before and after a transformation always show that the total always adds up to the same amount. It just demonstrates that energy is change to another form of energy. The total volume of energy remains constant. The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics doesn’t contradict the First Law of Thermodynamics.
Also, the second law of Thermodynamics is only applicable with a close system. The universe is not a close system, it’s an isolated system. According to Landau and Lifshitz, authors of Statistical Physics, “…in the general theory of relativity the universe as a whole must be regarded not as a closed system, but as one which is in a variable gravitational field. In this case the application of the law of increase of entropy does not imply the necessity of statistical equilibrium.”
We must also remember that entropy is not the same as disorder. Sometimes the two correspond, but sometimes order increases as entropy increases. (Aranda-Espinoza et al. 1999; Kestenbaum 1998) Entropy can even be used to produce order, such as in the sorting of molecules by size.
Going back to my topic
Maybe that’s the difference between science and “God-Believer science”. In science we look at facts and let reality predicts the outcome while on a “god-believer science” they look at science and conforms reality to fit their ‘scientific” belief.
So what happened if science won’t budge on their demands? Well then God-believers shouts, “Kill science! Place science in a stake and burn it like other heretics!”