Over at Volokh, Jonathan Adler posted a link to Derbyshire’s response to Gilder and that has brought some real prizes out of the woodwork. Especially amusing is one Joel B, who gives a breathtakingly idiotic response to another commenter. The original commenter, riskable, said:
In our universe full of energy and particles, each particle is being pulled via various forces (gravity, magnetism, etc) and so they come together.
Seems a fairly unassailable statement, doesn’t it? It’s not universally true, of course. Under some circumstances, molecules come together, while under other circumstances they don’t. But here’s Joel’s delightfully whacky reply:
No!…Our universe demonstrates the oppositve that over time, molecules do not “come together” they come apart, as trite as it is, our universe is one where greater order is descending uniformly into greater chaos, except where there is some external intelligence to force order.
Really Joel? You mean it takes some external intelligence to “force” hydrogen and oxygen molecules to come together to form water? Riskable’s response was on point:
I hate to be the one to break this to you, but if molecules didn’t come together you wouldn’t be sitting in front of that keyboard. You’d be a gaseous mess of basic elements floating about in an ever expanding space.