Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Second Law and Jewish Law

"How does religious ritual preserve humanity from chaos and entropy?" asks David Gelernter, suggesting that "science, specifically thermodynamics, helps to write a commentary on religion" — Liturgy Against the Laws of Physics. "In this area, as in so many others, science sits at the feet of religion."

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a remarkably stupid essay.

"But the rituals we perform teach more than the Second Law: they teach us to defy the Second Law."

The second law of thermodynamics can be stated thus: "In an isolated system entropy increases monotonically." And entropy, in the thermodynamic sense, is the measure of energy unusable to do work in a system, NOT a qualitative measure of "disorder." A lump of coal for example is relatively low in entropy but I don't think anyone would say that coal is "highly ordered."

Notice also that the Earth is not an isolated system. If the sun blinked out now, David Gelernter would recant this drivel about religion "defying" the Second Law in about eight minutes.

You have no excuse for reposting this pile of camel feces.

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