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Re: 2nd Law of Thermodynamics



Rob Meyerson wrote:

> The truth is, no biological process follows this law. 

Picky little semantic point here.  Every biological process follows this
law.  Biological processes are not immune to the 2nd law.  Everthing in
biology expends more energy to create a more ordered environment than it
gets back out.  I am sure everyone on this list is aware that what you
meant is that bioloy can avoid falling into decay and the entropy trap
because the biosphere has a huge glowing ball in the sky feeding it
enormous quantities of energy constantly.  However, this is not a
distinction that people outside those of us in the know readily make and
we need to keep this in mind when talking to the public at large.

Joe Daniel