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This is a derivation
that shouldn’t be necessary. It’s too easy. The logic is unassailable. The source material is accepted generally by all sides. Nonetheless, the result is critically important. Perhaps it is the most important derivation that can be done because the conclusion is vital to all those given to understanding. Here goes: Most people don’t understand entropy, but we can lower the bar to an acceptable and useful level. In layman’s terms, when we speak of entropy, we are referring to a way to quantify uniqueness. If something is unique, we say it has low entropy. Conversely, if something is common, we say it has high entropy. Technically speaking, entropy is determined by counting available states. ‘Available states’ is a technical term that is useful only if we intend to get an actual numerical value for how unique something is. If we are technically oriented, then we count the number of available states, perform some arithmetic, and return with a value for entropy. That’s not a necessary ingredient to our derivation as we will demonstrate. The important part is to understand whether something is unique or common, and realizing that these qualitative terms may be related to numerical values. Those who are interested in mathematics can show that a change in entropy of an object from one moment to the next is related to the odds that the object will spontaneously change its characteristics from the first moment to the second moment. For example, if we spill a bag of marbles on the floor, they will go everywhere. One moment they are neatly in a bag, the next moment they are all over the floor. We can say that when the marbles are all together in a bag, that situation is more unique than when they are scattered all over the floor. We would say correctly that the odds of the marbles spilling from one location in a bag to many locations on the floor are lower than the odds for marbles picking themselves up. That means that we are surprised if the marbles pick themselves up and spontaneously pack themselves into a bag. That would be unique. Likewise, we are not so surprised when someone spills their marbles. It happens all the time. We don’t have to calculate exact values for entropy to know that it’s not very likely for a room to organize and clean itself spontaneously. If nothing else changed, then we are correct in saying that the entropy of the room increased when the marbles spilled out of the bag. We can say this without knowing the numerical value of entropy of the room before and after the spill. Now let’s use this knowledge: When did the universe become aware of itself? The universe became aware of itself when the most unique entity in the universe came to be. The human brain is the most unique entity in the universe. We know this because of the complexity of the brain in comparison to other known elements of the universe. We know this because we have brains. Let’s put it all together: In the process of becoming aware of itself, the entropy of the universe dropped like a stone into a well. We don’t need to know the exact number for the entropy of the universe before and after the advent of the brain. All we need to know is that this brought about the greatest change in entropy in the known universe. Remember what we said? “… a change in entropy of an object from one moment to the next is related to the odds that the object will spontaneously change its characteristics from the first moment to the second moment.” Now do you get it? The greatest change in entropy represents the greatest change in the odds of a spontaneous change. The greatest change in entropy means that there is nothing of which we are more certain. We are more certain that the development of life, the existence of human thought, is not a spontaneous or random development than any other thing of which we can be certain. There is nothing of which we are more certain considering all combined knowledge in existence. Now do you understand? If life is not spontaneous, it was created by something external to the universe. The universe is everything material. Hello? Is anyone home? What did we just prove? Yes, Virginia, there is a God. We prove it over and over because it’s the most important thing we can do. By the way, the Bible has a word for those who believe that life poofed into existence spontaneously: The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. 
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