Keith Skene

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In existographies, Keith Skene (1965-) (LH:5) is a Irish botanist and ecologist, noted for some 2010s publications wherein he attempts to argue that god is energy and that life is an emergent property of the biosphere, using coded theological thermodynamics.

Overview

In 2010, Skene, in his “Thermodynamics and Theology” talk, attempted to argue, as an open theist, that “thermodynamics [may] provide the missing link between the physical and the metaphysical”, on the platform that the so-called uncitable version of the first law: “energy can neither be created nor destroyed”, that the question “who created god” resolves into the response question “who created energy”, and hence, therefore, “energy is godlike” and "energy is infinite" (compare: Mirza Beg), and that the folklore version of the second law is that "it's all about chaos", in Skene’s view of things.[1]

In 2011, Skene launched BioSRI.org, aka “Biosphere Research Institute”, where he began to promote his views, generally centered on Geddesian approach, i.e. the philosophy of Patrick Geddes (Ѻ), that “thinking should not be fragmented, but operate across all areas of thought”.[2]

In 2015, Skene, in his “Life’s a Gas: a Thermodynamic Theory of Biological Evolution”, cited Hans Ziegler (1910-1985) (Ѻ) as being “credited with formally defining" the so-called maximum entropy production principle (MEPP) (Ѻ)(Ѻ)(Ѻ), and thereafter began to sell this as an “emergent property” (Ѻ) of the biosphere, which is code for using the maximum entropy ideology as toolism for an ontic opening to sell the finger of god operating in physics.[3]

In Sep 2020, Ram Poudel was attempting to organize a Zoom-based conference with Skene, for him to give a talk on "Thermodynamics and Evolution", based on Skene's envisioned "maximum entropy production principle" and his so-called "disturbance hypothesis", and thereafter to organize some sort of thermodynamics and evolution symposium, under the auspices of the so-called IAISAE platform.[4]

Education

In c.1980, Skene, as a teenager, engaged in theological studies; after which he had a physics teacher, who taught him about thermodynamics, who, because of a staff shortage in his school, also became his biology teacher. [1]

In c.1987, Skene completed his BS in botany, followed by a PhD in ecology, after which he worked as an investigator at College of Life Sciences, University of Dundee.[5]

Quotes

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The following are quotes by Skene:

“Thermodynamically, an ecosystem operates in such a way as to maximize entropic production, in accordance with the second law of thermodynamics.”
— Keith Skene (2013), “The Energetic of Ecological Succession” [6]
“The entropic production of the biosphere is thus an emergent property (Ѻ).”
— Keith Skene (2020), “In Pursuit of the Framework behind the Biosphere” [7]

End matter

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Skene, Keith. (2010). “Thermodynamics and Theology” (aud), The Art of Looking Sideways, Greenbelt.org.
  2. Home – BioSRI.org (25 Jun 2011) – Archive.org.
  3. Skene, Keith. (2015). “Life’s a Gas: a Thermodynamic Theory of Biological Evolution” (abs), Entropy, 17: 5522-5548.
  4. Poudel, Ram. (2020). “Email to Libb Thims”, Sep 18.
  5. Keith Skene (about) – BioSCR.org.
  6. Skene, Keith. (2013). “The Energetic of Ecological Succession: a Logistic Model of Entropic Output” (abs), Ecological Modelling, 250: 287-293.
  7. Skene, Keith. (2020). “In Pursuit of the Framework behind the Biosphere: S-curves, Self-assembly, and the Genetic Entropy Paradox” (abs) (pdf), BioSystems, Volume 190, Apr.

Further reading

  • Skene, Keith. (2017). “Thermodynamics, Ecology, and Evolutionary Biology: A Bridge Over Troubled Water or Common Ground?” (abs), Acta Oecologica, 85:116-125.

External links

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