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Evolution needs an energy conversion mechanism to utilize energy (Talk.Origins)

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This article (Evolution needs an energy conversion mechanism to utilize energy (Talk.Origins)) is a response to a rebuttal of a creationist claim published by Talk.Origins Archive under the title Index to Creationist Claims.

Claim CF001.5:

Energy inflow into a system is not enough to make that energy useful. There must also be an energy conversion mechanism. Without that system, evolution cannot work.

Source:

Yahya, Harun, 2003. Darwinism Refuted, Evolution and thermodynamics.


CreationWiki response:

This is primarily a response to the rebuttal about the Earth being an open system. Evolutionists often bring up the fact that the Earth is an open system as though just adding energy to a system will reduce entropy. This claim just makes the point that simply adding energy is not enough. (Talk.Origins quotes in blue)

1. Any atom can be an energy conversion mechanism. Atoms routinely convert between light energy, thermal energy, and chemical potential energy. The energy conversion mechanism is ubiquitous.

While this is true, a specific energy conversion mechanism is needed to do a particular job. Simply showing that energy conversion mechanisms exist is not enough.

2. A lack of an energy conversion system would not only invalidate evolution; it would invalidate life itself.

Coming from Talk.Origins, this is almost saying that creationists are right.

Evolution requires only reproduction, natural selection, and heritable variation, all of which are observed in life.

Not quite. Goo-to-you evolution often requires an increase in genetic order, but mutations can only increase disorder. Mutations are Evolution's mechanism for heritable variation. Mutations are the real mechanism for evolution, but they are a totally random process and as such it fails as an energy conversion mechanism. Besides, none of this provides an energy conversion mechanism for the origin of life.

The conversion of energy is a quality of life, so the conversion system exists for evolution to work with.

While energy conversion is a quality of life, it needs to be shown specifically how it is converted for goo-to-you evolution. Besides, none of this provides an energy conversion mechanism for the origin of life.

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