The following blog is a companion to the Into the Cool book and website and is a forum to respond to many of the issues we raise in the book. Although we are proud of this book, we are even more excited about the information conveyed in Into the Cool: Energy Flow,
Thermodynamics, and Life. This paradigm shows the scientific basis for progress and evolution that the creationists would like to say is so unlikely it must be divine. In addition, it explains complexity on the basis not of computer simulations but of energy itself. As powerful as the evolutionary perspective is, we believe we make a strong case that complexity’s origins are energy based, and that reproduction with variation is a special case of a more general phenomenon. However, this general phenomenon, based on thermodynamics second law, is natural not divine. That said, we are in no way hostile to spiritual perspectives: indeed, we believe the view presented in Into the Cool has the potential to bring science and religion into a new unity that goes beyond both the blind faith and wishful thinking of religion and the overly mechanical perspective of science. Please participate in this discussion of these important scientific and cultural issues.