Principle 73

This entry is part 70 of 98 in the series Principles


Entropy is the tendency of a system to degenerate to a state of chaos, asymmetry, disorganization or anarchy through lack of intelligent activity or attention. This is similar to the idea of attrition, with the main difference being that the principle of attrition, as I enumerated it, can be constructively useful when intelligently applied and directed by the mind.

Entropy is the disintegration that happens to an organized system when intelligent activity and thought is withdrawn.

The fact that the universe is NOT chaos is in itself indicative of intelligence. Moreover, the degree of complexity manifested from the quark to humans to the universe itself gives indications of both where the attention of that intelligence has been applied in the past as well as where it is currently focused.

When a creation has outlived its usefulness then the intelligent life force is withdrawn and the creation falls apart through entropy.

The best dictionary definition I can find for entropy that harmonizes with the principle is from the Wordsmyth online dictionary. It defines it as:

The natural and irreversible tendency toward randomness and disorder in any system without an external source of energy.

Perhaps we should redefine it slightly to harmonize with the principle under discussion:

The natural and irreversible tendency toward randomness and disorder in any system without an external source of energy applied with intelligence.

Energy alone is not enough to maintain order in the universe, on a planet, in a body, a cell or an atom. That energy must be applied with intelligence.

If intelligence is withdrawn from a creation then energy also dissipates and the system begins to disintegrate and fall apart.

A great example of this is the withdrawal of an intelligent entity from its body at death. When the intelligence withdraws then intelligent energy is not supplied to sustain the body and it rapidly starts to fall apart, or disintegrate.

Jesus said to consider the lilies of the field – Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If we look at any plant through a powerful microscope or the greater universe through the Hubble telescope we indeed see a majesty of creation that has to be sustained by some great intelligence.

One thing that presently impresses many scientists is the study of DNA and learning of its complexity, as if it were a great computer more powerful than any that we presently have.

Recent discoveries have convinced Professor Antony Flew, a renowned atheist scientistfor 50 years, that there is indeed a great intelligence we loosely call God.

At a symposium sponsored by the Institute for Meta-Scientific Research Flew decollated:

“What I think the DNA material has done is show that intelligence must have been involved in getting these extraordinarily diverse elements together. The enormous complexity by which the results were achieved look to me like the work of intelligence.”

Actually, just looking at a beautiful female sunbathing on the beach is enough to convince me, but to explore the complexity of the microcosm is even more impressive.


The fact that great order exists in the universe and life in it which is sustained so entropy does not dominate proves that some great intelligence is at work.

God loves you just the way you are, but he loves you too much to let you stay that way.

From Junebug – The Movie

Copyright 2015 by J J Dewey

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