A number of people conflate heat entropy with information entropy and then willy-nilly substitute one for the other. This is what the NeoDarwinists do when they point to the sun and say it makes the earth an open system to explain the evident way life violates information entropy. The sun is irrevelevant in this siutation as it is adding heat, not information. While heat and information entropy are closely related (they both behave according to 2LoT which was originally formulated for heat alone) they are not the same thing and cannot be exchanged.
Heat diffuses in a closed system until maximum entropy is reached where the heat is uniform (everything is the same temperature). Likewise a dye will diffuse through a glass of water until its distribution is uniform (everything is the same color). Dye and heat are not the same thing and you can heat or chill that uniformly colored glass of water all you want and it wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t undistribute the dye. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s because heat entropy and dye entropy are not the same thing.
The laymanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s expression relating to this is you canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t unbake a cake. The reason why you canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t unbake it is it would violate 2LoT. However, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not quite right because a sufficiently advanced intelligence can unbake a cake. Intelligence can accomplish things that nature cannot and that includes violating 2LoT in relation to information entropy.
It’s intuitively obvious to me that 2LoT governed heat and information entropy aren’t the same thing. Sewell expresses this in a more rigorous manner in A Second Look at the Second Law.
DaveScotÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Evo-Creo 2LoT Corollary: As Intelligent Design arguments become more organized, NeoDarwinian arguments must become less organized. The end result is that ID becomes a completely coherent explanation of the facts while the NeoDarwinian narrative decays into a vast state of disarray.
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s all a simple matter of physics you see. 😎