James S Saint wrote: But whince did the structure arise?
If there were no energy gradient set up such us ours (cold universe (earth + sun) cold universe) [note, a decaying sun that is also in compliance the 2nd law of thmd] we would not have complex life forms (which feed off the sun).
Your theory suggests that complexity rises and then falls. It doesn't imply that complexity isn't a violation of entropy.
I don't see complexity as violating entropy in the long run. We are able to exist because of the micro bubble of energy gradients that we find ourselves in. Complex life forms are more efficient at energy transfer, as you can see from eco tropic pyramids and transfer efficiency at trophic levels. Only 10% of energy is used at each level and 90% is released as heat. Now, imagine how much energy has to be wasted before we get a chance to waste our own, just food-wise. Now, think about how much energy we use and waste just for doing what humans do on daily basis? It's like we just want
to transfer (and waste) as much energy as we can possibly get our hands/minds on. So, in a sense, we can say that increasing complexity, including us, is to do what we do and balance things in universe. We are not special in that sense, only a functional cog in the machinery and certainly not above the natural law. People who claim that evolving complexity is an evidence of something divine seem to forget that there is no such thing as free lunch in the universe and even we are dependent on our environment for our existence.
The fact is that the level of entropy in the universe has never, ever changed. And never will...
And neither does the whole universe's level of complexity increase or decrease. Through time in any one region, entropy and complexity raises and lowers. The total average throughout the entire universe is infinitely stable, perfectly anentropic.
I take it you don't believe in 2nd law of thermodynamics which states:
...that the total entropy of an isolated system can only increase over time or it can remain constant in ideal cases where the system is in a steady state (equilibrium) or undergoing a reversible process. The increase in entropy accounts for the irreversibility of natural processes, and the asymmetry between future and past.
Black-holes are the most obvious anti-entropy formations throughout the universe. But once two or more of them collide, the entropy is restored in an explosive forming and scattering of millions of galaxies.
Ah, the black holes. This theory is still being debated. Do they violate or do they not violate the 2nd law? Only recently Hawkins declared that there are not 'true' black holes, since even they leak radiation and are bound to eventually loose their mass with time. And I would say that it wouldn't be surprising that with time, if all matter is dispersing, they ought to e-v-e-n-t-u-a-l-l-y disappear as well. But that's my take on it.