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We will all remember Isaac Asimov in our own way. My tribute will consist of posting the following words of wit and wisdom, "In kindergarten terms the second law of thermodynamics says that all spontaneous change is in the direction of increasing disorder - that is, in a 'downhill' direction. There can be no spontaneous buildup of the complex from the simple, therefore, because that would be moving 'uphill'. According to the creationist argument, since, by the evolutionary process, complex forms of life evolve from simple forms, that process defies the second law, so creationism must be true. Such an argument implies that this clearly visible fallacy is somehow invisible to scientists, who must therefore be flying in the face of the second law through sheer perversity. Scientists, however, do know about the second law and they are not blind. It's just that an argument based on kindergarten terms is suitable only for kindergartens." Isaac Asimov 1920-1992

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