When I wrote to the effect that Abiogenesis (genesis of living thins from the nonliving) is not a fact of science, many anti-creationist visitors of this blog asked me to read certain books. They claimed that these books demonstrated how abiogenesis was possible in the face of the second law of thermodynamics.
I Felt Cheated. Then all of them said that I should read “Frontiers of Complexity” and that is exactly what I have been doing among other things. Surely this a good book, a very good book at that, but again it does not address the issue my friends claim as addressed.
Frontiers of Complexity has been authored by Peter Coveney and Roger Highfield. Contrary to the impression that this is a textbook, this is actually written more like an autobiographical introduction. That makes the book easy to read, but the more I searched for the scientific basis of simple-to-complex, or abiogenesis in the presence of the Second Law of Thermodynamics, the more I was disappointed.
The essential thesis of the book is this: “All these centuries we were busy to simplify everything. That was fine so far. But now we also need to study the complex phenomena around us because the real world is incredibly complex. Let us develop objective approaches to study that complexity”.
That is a great goal, and I do endorse that. But then the book does not in any way deal with simple-to-complex phenomenon that we have been discussing. Nor does it tell anything about abiogenesis.
I have some more books lined up for reading — all recommended by the anti-creationist friends who were magnanimous to comment upon my posts. A word to all of them: instead of asking me to read books that do not introduce what you claim they do, would it not be better for you to read these books first, digest the real thesis of the book, and then tell me which book really to read to get at a scientific justification of your arguments?
[Keep posting book-suggestions even if you have no time to read them yourself. Thanks to these recommendations, I ordered them all and then some more, and have around 20 of the latest books at arm’s length for the ongoing reading].
[Dr. Johnson C. Philip is a physicist, with expertise inter alia in Quantum-nuclear Physics, and has worked extensively on the inner quark-structure of Protons and Neutrons. He has also specialized in Christian Apologetics, Biblical Archeology, Journalism, Alternative Medicines, and several other fields]