The Law of Conservation of Information, Part III

Naturalistic Evolution, Meet a Utilitarian Philosopher's Method of Difference

Utilitarian philosopher John Stuart Mill (1806-1873) was a contemporary of Darwin. And no Bible thumper was he.

Information for Survival

Let's start with a fundamental problem: Life forms constantly seek solutions to the problem of staying alive. They maintain an exponentially higher level of information when alive than they will as corpses. But even a corpse contains vastly more information than the chemical elements that comprise it—that is, if those elements were all separated and arranged in piles.

So can all the information that animates life forms arise by blind,...

 

is a Canadian journalist, author, and blogger. She blogs at Blazing Cat Fur, Evolution News & Views, MercatorNet, Salvo, and Uncommon Descent.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #32, Spring 2015 Copyright © 2020 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo32/the-law-of-conservation-of-information-part-iii

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