Posted: June 15, 2011 in Arguments, Did you know?
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Have you ever heard that no two snowflakes are alike? Is this true? Well both yes and no. There are actually two types of snowflakes; the smaller hexagonal snowflakes and the larger star shaped crystals. Between the two, the smaller hexagonal flakes are often very similar in appearance. However, the larger star-shaped crystals are where we find the incredible uniqueness in each snow flake.[1] Each crystal can have up to 100 different features meaning there are up to a mind blowing 10158 number of possible combinations.[2] That’s more combinations than there are atoms in the entire universe!

As wonderful and interesting as these beautiful snowflakes are, they believe it or not, have played a part in the evolution/creation debate. How so? Well evolutionists use the intricate complexity of snowflake crystal formation to prove that “something can come from nothing.” Which is precisely what evolution requires in order to be the true cause of our origins. Is this a good argument though? Do they have a point? The only way to know is to first understand how snowflake crystals form these complex designs.

Ice is of course made of water (H2O). H2O molecules are bent with positive and negative charged ends. When they get cold enough to freeze they come together at odd angles to form hexagonal (six-fold) shapes.[3] CO2 molecules by contrast are linear shaped molecules, so when they freeze to form dry ice, they come together to form cubic crystals. As H2O crystals form, temperature, altitude and humidity influence the shapes they become. This appears to be order from disorder. So evolutionists claim that just as simple water molecules can form such complex larger forms, than simple molecules could have accidently come together to form more complex structures like a living cell.[4]

As you can see, the angular shape of an H2O molecule, causes hexagonal shapes when it freezes (bonds).

This is quite a stretch though. Snowflake crystals are a far cry from a living cell. Ice crystals are merely structures formed by collective of angular shaped molecules, like a building made of bricks. Ice crystals form by the removal of heat and evolutionists believe life arose from the addition of heat. Two completely different processes.  Information-wise the snowflake structures contain no more information than the H2O molecules they’re made from. Life on the other hand requires the emergence and gain of information in order to take form. That’s essentially what life is; information (in code) that allows for order, function and reproduction of itself. A living cell’s “order” of molecules is incredibly precise and detrimental if slightly altered, whereas a snowflake can’t be considered ordered since its shapes have no real function and vary in trillions of different ways every time they form. The living cell’s molecules are encoded to remain functional and operational, where as water freezes differently every time with no encoded information to tell it exactly which particular way to form.

Here’s something else to consider. Water forms snowflakes naturally in cold and so it commonly happens 24/7 around the clock everywhere around the world. If life arising from molecules was such a natural occurrence, how come it has never been observed happening, ever? If it was just as natural as snow crystals we’d be able to witness and document life arising from non-life to this very day… but we unfortunately do not. You can stick the raw ingredients of DNA into a test tube and shake it, heat it up, freeze it, etc they’ll never form into a DNA chain. But you can take the raw ingredients of snow (water), send it through a cold weather system and now you got snowflakes. In conclusion, they’re not comparable, sorry.

As one evolutionist even admitted, “One could almost convince oneself that snowflakes constitute a demonstration of supernatural power.”[5] Hmmm… maybe he should convince himself.

[3] Vardiman, L., Microscopic masterpieces: discovering design in snow crystals, Institute for Creation Research, 1 Dec 2007;

[4] Bailey, D., Evolution and Probability, Report of National Center for Science Education 20(4), 2001.

[5] Bailey, D., Evolution and Probability, Report of National Center for Science Education 20(4), 2001.

  1. matthew2262 says:

    “The basic idea of specified complexity is that complexity can be either specified or random. Any system with multiple components is complex, in that those components could be put together in any one of multiple configurations. So any rock showing multiple mineral crystals is complex, but does not convey information because the complexity is not specified. On the other hand, a rock that has been carved into a particular shape by a sculpture is specified, conveying a degree of information that varies with the complexity of the carving and the intent of the sculptor.”

    -Gerald Rau (Ph. D., Cornell) Founder and Chief Editor at Professional English International.

    Rau, G., (2012) Mapping the Origins Debate, (Downers Grove, IL: InvterVarsity Press) pp. 92.

  2. matthew2262 says:

    “The difference between a crystal [snowflake] and DNA is like the difference between between a book containing nothing but ABCD repeated and a book of Shakespear… . …consider what happens if you break up a large crystal of salt into smaller crystals- you still have salt. Another way of putting it is that the information needed to have Na+ and Cl- spontaneously form into a salt crystal is already inherent in the ingredients- nothing has to be imposed from the outside. But in biomolecules, the sequences are not caused by the properties of the constituent amino acids and nucleotides themselves. This is a huge contrast to crystal structures, which are caused purely by the properties of their constituents.”

    Jonathan Sarfati, physical chemist.

    Sarfati, J., (2008) By Design (Howcik, Auckland: Creation Ministries International) pp. 227-228.

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