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This is a derivation that shouldnít be necessary. Itís 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
Most people donít understand entropy, but we can lower the bar
to an acceptable and useful level. In laymanís 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. ĎAvailable statesí 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. Thatís 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
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 donít have to calculate exact values for entropy
to know that itís not very likely for a room to organize and clean
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 letís 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.
Letís 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 donít 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?
ďÖ 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.Ē
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
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
itís the most important thing we can do. By the way, the Bible has
a word for those who believe that life poofed into existence
The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.