Information is something encoded in the hardwiring of matter. It dictates all properties of matter. An atom has information about how its electrons and nuclear components behave. Carbon has carbon information, hydrogen has hydrogen information, and so on. Atoms stay as they are because that is what the information in their blueprints dictates.
If an atom is bombarded with subatomic particles, its information will be disrupted and the atom will decay into something with less information than it once had. But no spontaneous or random change in an atom will make it change into a new, bigger, better, and more complex form of matter. It is an immutable law that things naturally become less than they are, they degrade, not improve.
That fact does not jibe at all with evolution as the answer to the origin of life. Evolution claims the exact opposite: that it is within the nature of things to become more complex, to add information. The Second Law discussed in the previous chapter applies to information as it does to order. The subunits of information–letters, digits, symbols, nucleotides, subatomic particles—do not spontaneously arrange themselves into patterns that convey information. Left on their own they gain entropy and randomize into no information.
If an intricate line drawing of an ornate flower is repeatedly passed through the copy machine, it transforms. First the lines get a little fuzzy on the edges. Then there are some blurs. Keep going and eventually the flower will not even be discernable.
Start at one end of a group of people. Whisper to a person: "Earth science describes nature's machinations." Then ask that it be whispered one to another to the end of the group. When it gets to the end it will be something like: "Washing machines clean Earth."
Even smart things like copy machines, people, and computers tend to screw things up over time. Any highly ordered or intelligent thing, left to chance and the degrading influence of the Second Law, becomes less intelligent and eventually unintelligible. Noise, which mutations can be said to be, always degrades the message.
If that is the case, how could absolute stupidity (randomness) generate increasing intelligence and be the answer to the origin of life? But that is what evolution requires that we believe. Human intelligence is supposed to have been derived from laws and matter that do not contain the intelligence they supposedly create. Science means observation and facts, but there are no observations or facts demonstrating that intelligence spontaneously emerges or grows.
Intelligence — the ability to assemble and utilize information—can only be derived from intelligence of equal or greater magnitude. That is observable and repeatable science. No book exceeds the intelligence of the author. No computer exceeds the intelligence of the programmer. No creature exceeds the intelligence of the species.
This then takes us to at least a preliminary answer to the question of the origin of life. From our consideration of the evidence thus far, the information and intelligence inherent in our world and in humans, could only have been derived from information and intelligence of equal or greater magnitude.
Let's see if a further consideration of science, logic, and evidence supports this conclusion to the origin of life question.
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