Massachusetts Institute of TechnolgyPosted: April 18, 2013
I sent the following email to Philip Sharp on January 18, 2013
Dear Dr. Sharp,
As a director of the AAAS you should be committed to its second mission (“Promote and defend the integrity of science and its use”), and should want the American Journal of Physics (AJP) to retract an absurd article titled, “Entropy and evolution” (Am. J. Phys., Vol. 76, No. 11, November 2008). The article repeats the creationist error that evolution violates the second law of thermodynamics, and the even more nonsensical idea that evolution does not because of the sun. Unfortunately, the article goes so far as to write down an incorrect equation in thermodynamics to prove this quantitatively in units of entropy.
The AJP, the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), and the American Institute of Physics (AIP) are resorting to trickery to avoid publishing a retraction. The following article explains why the AJP article is absurd: http://creationwiki.org/Pseudoscience_in_the_American_Journal_of_Physics.
There is a considerable amount of correspondence between me and the AJP/AAPT about this matter. I have given this information to Science, by email (email@example.com) and fax (202-289-7562).
Very truly yours, David Roemer
I submitted the following on April 16, 2013, to the MIT Technology Review at
The second law of thermodynamics does not apply to biological evolution and the evolution of stars. I explain this here:
It also does not apply to the origin of life, as I explain in my comments about Walter Bradley’s essay in Debating Design, edited by William Dembski and Michael Ruse. My review of this book is on Amazon.com with the title, “20 Essays and 20 Blindspots.” See: http://newevangelist.me/2013/03/25/debating-design/
The following is a quote from Bradley’s essay followed by my refutation:
The total entropy change that takes place in an open system such as a living cell must be consistent with the Second Law of Thermodynamics and can be described as follows: ∆S(cell) + ∆S(surrounding) > 0.
This is like saying ∆S(airplane in flight) + ∆S(surrounding) > 0. An airplane can be broken up into a number of thermodynamic systems, e.g., the engine, pilot’s cabin, metal wing, etc. Each thermodynamic system will have its surroundings and this law will apply. But to suggest that there is such a thing as the entropy of an airplane in flight is nonsense. A living cell has much more machinery in it than an airplane. It is like an airplane that can replace or repair a broken wing.
I explained all this to Edmund Bertschinger and Max Tegmark so they would cancel their subscriptions to the American Journal of Physics to protest the fraudulent article titled “Entropy and evolution.” They ignored my emails and faxes. More importantly, they did not refute the Creationwiki.org article. I am not a creationist, so I can’t edit the article. I’m sure the creationists in charge will correct any mistakes. In any case, I will answer any comments you have about the AJP article and my Creationwiki article.
Message sent to staff of MIT Technology Review on April 17, 2013:
I suggest that you either post my reply to Prof. Gladyshev’s comment or invite me to the the lecture of thermodynamics that I offered to give the chair of your physics department. You should also know that I have taken this matter up with the NSF and my congressman in the 9th District of Brooklyn:
The head of the NSF should hate fraudulent research, as should you all.
Email message from Jason Pontin on April 27, 2013
The AJP publication is *nothing* to do with MIT Technology Review, its editor David Rotman, or me. Even if I agreed that the article is fraudulent (which I do not: it sounds as if you have a difference of opinion, based on your religious views), it’s not my role to denounce every single fraudulent publication.
I don’t see how any of this has anything to do with Second World War.
If you manage to get through to my secretary you can tell her what you want. If you can find someone to listen, you can denounce us as somehow complicit in this matter. That’s free speech. But I have no interest in meeting with you. This is not my business.
Email message to Jason Pontin on April 27, 2013
Edmund Bertschinger, Max Tegmark, and David Rotman know or should know that the AJP article is based on an incorrect application of the Boltzmann equation in order to refute the religiously motivated fallacy that evolution violates the second law of thermodynamics. To this list of MIT sleaze I’m adding the biologist Philip A. Sharp, who also ignored my faxes and emails. Sharp is the president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and pays lip service to “Promote and defend the integrity of science and its use.”
What you should do is schedule an appointment to see me and invite David Rotman. At that time, I’ll explain the connection between genocide and pseudoscience and explain why Rotman should not be the editor of MIT Technology Review. This certainly is your business. The question is whether or not you have the character to carry out your responsibilities.
Very truly yours, David Roemer
Open Letter to Board of Directors of MIT Technology Review (Reid Ashe, Judith Cole, Jerome Friedman, Israel Ruiz, Megan Smith, Sheila Widnall, Ann Wolpert)
The Editor in Chief and Publisher, Jason Pontin, has not responded yet to the following message that is a response to his email refusing to meet with me:
(See above email dated April 27, 2103)
The AJP article is “Entropy and evolution” (Am. J. Phys., Vol. 76, No. 11, November 2008). MIT Technology Review is involved because it published Georgi Gladyshev’s online comments about evolution and thermodynamics, but did not publish my reply referring to http://creationwiki.org/Pseudoscience_in_the_American_Journal_of_Physics.
By deleting my reply and not deleting Gladyshev’s comment, MIT Technology Review is helping the AJP spread anti-religious propaganda. I explained the maliciousness of “Entropy and evolution” to Congressman Yvette Clarke in a 10-page indictment with 9 exhibits. I’d like to come to MIT to explain to Pontin, Rotman, Bertschinger, Gladyshev, Tegmark, and Sharp the harm that the AJP article is doing.
Very truly yours, David Roemer