Brian Jordan wrote:I'll try and dig out the recording over Christmas, and tell you exactly what he said. It's a couple of years ago now. so I can't be more precise without checking it.
IIRC, I first came across the idea of McIntosh's demon whilst plowing through some of his sermons. I made notes at the time but can't find them at the moment and I've no wish to repeat the exercise. I'll have a dig on my old computer, but here's a statement of much the same idea:
But, unlike macro machines, chemical machinery at the molecular level involves setting up proteins of hundreds and usually thousands of polypeptide bonds linking a string of amino acids. And each of these bonds is in a raised energy state such that, left to itself, it would break down and not stay in that state. To suggest, as some are saying, that the raised energy state would be maintained while natural selection favoured, over many generations, single random mutations, one by one, to finally bring together the full complement of necessary amino acids is, frankly, thermodynamically absurd. This is never observed and is contrary to all thermodynamic principles of energy transfer.
New machines are not made by simply adding energy to existing machines. Intelligence is needed. And this thesis is falsifiable. If anyone was to take an existing chemical machine and produce a different chemical machine which was not there before (either as a sub-part or latently coded for in the DNA template), then this argument would have been falsified. No one has ever achieved this.
So, you see, you can have no evolution without the help of McIntosh's Demon.http://www.e-n.org.uk/p-4447-Standing-firm-on-creation.htm