Sorry for the short notice, but I received this invitation from March for Science just this morning. Here is their e-mail in full:
March For Science is partnering with Science! The Show to bring you a night all about the science-related policies that are at stake this November. Reserve your tickets to watch live on Twitch!
This Wednesday, at 6:00 p.m. PT, join us for a night of comedy and science advocacy with Dr. Gretchen Goldman, a research director for the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Dr. Goldman leads research efforts on the role of science in public policy, focusing on topics ranging from scientific integrity in government decision-making, to political interference in science-based standards on hydraulic fracturing, climate change, and chemicals.
At Uncommon Descent in April, Granville Sewell has called attention to a new video by
Mark Champneys, “The Second Law of Thermodynamics: When Scientists Ignore Science”.
Sewell’s post will be found here
Recall that Sewell’s own videos and books feature a refutation of evolution
by invoking something like the Second Law. The Discovery Institute often praises Sewell, who is
one of their Fellows, and Sewell and Champneys say nice things about each
other. So they all think that these arguments are good science, and that
what evolutionary biologists say is most definitely not.
Champneys has shown up here once before: in
2017 he made some comments on a 2011 post by me about Granville Sewell’s
arguments. He and I had a brief, mild exchange in the comments section. In those
days we had no Recent Comments widget to allow people to find comments on
older posts like that one, so no one else noticed this. So I put up a new post about Champneys’ arguments
in the hope that he would join the discussion. Alas, he did not show up.
Now Champneys has a new video, which makes the shocking argument that when
scientists say that evolution occurs by natural selection acting on mutations
over time, they are ignoring the Second Law of Thermodynamics. The new
video is 35 minutes long. For a more extensive and discursive version of the
same argument, you could also consult a video of a lecture by Champneys where
he also explains how easily he has refuted scientists who fail to take into
account the Second Law.
Let’s take a look at what the new video says. I do hope that Champneys will
come by and help us understand why he and Sewell think that we are ignoring
this fundamental law of science.
Is there life on Venus? Yesterday, September 14, 2020, an article in Nature Astronomy reported careful measurements consistent with trace amounts of phosphine gas in the cloud decks of Venus. There is no known geochemical process that can produce phosphine. This phosphine might have come from life. Life on Venus, if this is what we found, might be microbes floating in the clouds.
Time will tell, but this may become a landmark publication.