Boltzmann once stated that if the universe is ergodic then, in the event that the universe returns to a low entropy state, observers residing within the universe would always say that the lower entropy state was "the past" and the higher entropy state was "the future". My question is: I have heard creationists use the 2nd law of thermodynamics to claim that life cannot possibly arise in a universe which is always tending to higher entropy states. They are then corrected that it is only the total entropy which increases or stays the same in an isolated system, entropy may decrease in one area as long as that decreased entropy results in increased entropy somewhere else. So wouldnt the same be true in an ergodic universe? Perhaps the total entropy of the universe is decreasing, this should not mean that there are no systems within the universe where the entropy is still increasing, ie memories are still being formed.