Information: Why the Darwinian Mechanism is Dead Except as an Explanation of the Trivial
|December 12, 2008||Posted by GilDodgen under Intelligent Design|
When Darwin proposed his hypothesis in the 19th century it was assumed that the basis of living systems was fundamentally simple. The exact opposite has been shown to be the case in the 20th century. It was thought that chemistry, physics, mechanism, and chance were the foundational principles underlying living systems, but we now know that information and information processing are the essential, underlying ingredients of life. Chemistry, physics, and mechanism represent the medium in which information is processed, interpreted, stored, retrieved, error-detected, and repaired.
As we enter the 21st century it is becoming increasingly obvious that there is a third entity that must be added to matter and energy as an explanation for all that exists, and that entity is information.
The Darwinian mechanism is incapable of producing this entity for the same reason that a perpetual-motion machine cannot be built: Fundamental conservation laws cannot be violated. You can’t get something for nothing. Just as you can’t get energy for free, you can’t get information for free.