Energy, Enthalpy and Creation


Since the turn of the 20th century it has been realised that the Cathar belief in the gradual decay of an imperfect material world and a reunification with a pure spirit is, with some interpretation,  supported by modern physics. This is  entirely in accord with current scientific thinking. However I accept that in the current context this is extremely challenging!

Laws of Thermodynamics

Every  structured element of the material world is of relatively low entropy, but the first and second laws of thermodynamics say that although energy can be neither created nor destroyed, all physical processes work towords an increase in entropy. This will lead to a breakdown of structure and movement towards increasing disorder (pure energy?) which will eventually envelop the whole universe.

Amoral Science

Discussions of the second law and the associated law of maximum entropy production create arguments amongst scientists which are of religious intensity

i.e. The tendency for entropy to increase in isolated systems is expressed in the second law of thermodynamics — perhaps the most pessimistic and amoral formulation in all human thought. — Gregory Hill and Kerry ThornleyPrincipia Discordia (1965)

Breaking the Law

At the root of the scientific agony is the fact that the creation of the universe is, by these immutable laws, impossible. They believe that creation requires (required?) that at some point in time a major decrease in total entropy as energy was used to create a very extensive highly structured universe, which laws or energy and enthalpy say is impossible. In the eyes of some observers this was indeed a “miracle”  or an “accident’ as it flies in the face of all known natural laws.


However such opinions neglect the effects of  energy  and entropy in, for example, mettalurgical processes. Energy can be stored in alloyed and forged metals and because of the “disorder” of the crystalline structures, enthalpy is greater in a finely formed metal than in the constituent ores. Therefore  for the act of creation to be supported by the laws of  energy and enthalpy, all that is necessary is that before creation energy existed in a form which had a lower entropy ( was more ordered) than the formation of the physical universe .

Miracle or Mystery

The mystery is why this move from pure energy at a low entropy moved to a  state of pure energy at high entropy and in the process create the intervening chaos of the physical universe. This argument changes one’s view of creation from a miracle to a temporary abomination–exactly the view of the Cathars.

Intrinsically Wrong

The real difference between the Cathars and every other religious creed, was that this “miracle of creation, (Order from Chaos)” was seen as in itself  evil. Every other religion saw it as good. Even from the Zoroastrans, who in many ways had similar beliefs to the Cathars saw evil as infiltrating a world which was essentially good.

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Extract from The Prisoner of Foix--Chapter 43 -The EntranceNo need to buy a Kindle. Read it on your computer or tablet

John Stanley-26th April 1355


'Looks like we are going to see a bit of excitement, John. The Captain tried to get an agreement from the Prince that if there is surf running across the channel to Arcachon we will turn back to Bordeaux, but the Prince would hear none of it. Instead, he has offered to provide insurance for all three ships. If they are damaged or sunk, the owners will be compensated and every sailor who makes the passage will be given a bounty payment. What none of this seems to take into account is that if we sink in rough, fast-flowing waters we might all drown.'

John raised his eyebrows. 'But that is what we are going to do?'

'Yes, despite the fact that surf running accross the entrance is not uncommon and the deep water channel moves continually. In the end, the Prince attacked their captains on their weakest point, their professional pride! He threw down the gauntlet. He offered to take the Sally first through the channel, and to take control during the passage.' He raised his brow. 'We are going into the Bay of Arcachon, come what may! '

Extract from The Eagle of Carcassone -- Chapter 24-- A Real GoddessNo need to buy a Kindle. Read it on your computer or tablet

John Stanley - 22 July 1355

An hour later John walked with Ximene close to the river along the valley below St Feriole. It was the very essence of a summer’s day. The sun was fierce but in the shadow of the trees, it was cool and fragrant. The trees and shrubs along the riverbank hid their progress, from the Château, from St Feriole.

Eventually they reached a point where John thought it was safe to emerge from cover. To his satisfaction the stream extended into a pool with a sandy beach, shaded by trees. Where the stream entered the pool there was a flat grassy area, almost circular. Behind this, the bulk of two mountain ridges provided a splendid backdrop. He looked around once more ‘Not just a good training ground but a great training ground. If the Greek heroes knew about this they might be tempted to join me, to train with me’

Ximene laughed out loud. He turned to look at her. She had removed her outer clothes and was wearing a white chemise, cut short so that it barely reached her knees. Around her waist, she wore a plaited leather belt, obviously fashioned from the multitude of leather straps to be found in the tackle room.

She ran her hands down over her breasts. ‘When you were unconscious I heard you muttering about gods and goddesses, so  I have decided that from now on, for you, I will be the goddess.’

The Prisoner of FoixVol 1 of the series—The Treasure of Trencavel

Aquitaine, an English possession, is in crisis. It is under threat from neighbouring nations and internal dissension.

The Black Prince, King Edward III’s eldest son has been given the task of taking command in Aquitaine.

Suddenly there is an opportunity. Ximene Trencavel is the heiress to the lands of Occitan, to the east of Aquitaine: lands controlled by the Franks. Ximene wants independence, both for herself and for Occitan.

A union between Aquitaine and Occitan would be mutually beneficial. The Black Prince undertakes a secret journey to meet Ximene to negotiate a marriage contract. It is, however, a marriage neither of them really wants.

Meanwhile, the  Franks plot to murder Ximene to prevent ,not just the marriage, but any kind of union between England and Occitan.

The Eagle Of CarcassonneVol II of the series—The Treasure of Trencavel

The loose alliance between Ximene Trencavel and the Black Prince is under threat.

The Prince invades Occitan, to show his support for Ximene but it becomes an invasion which creates more problems than it solves.

The Prince has fallen hopelessly in love with Joan of Kent and Joan is now determined to marry him and become the next Queen of England.

Joan is therefore  determined to convince Ximene that she should not marry the Prince.

Part of her strategy is to encourage Ximene’s relationship with John Stanley—one of the Princes bodyguards—not an easy task as both John and Ximene have doubts about their compatibility.

However, John is grievously injured in a battle and Ximene commits herself to nurse him back to health.