Tuesday, August 12, 2008


The Second Law of Thermodynamics says that entropy always increases. Ordered systems are typically lower entropy (like a clean desk) and classically, they are said to have more available energy... so the 2nd law has always been a little sad.

However, what if there is a loophole? What if we:
1) look at increasingly complex systems of order. initially, these appear random to us, but understanding order in chaotic systems gives us more leverage to
2) do more with less. so we need less energy, thus creating more "headroom" -- does this (relatively speaking) reduce our apparent entropy?

Of course, it still seems like there is a trend of diminishing returns, (this just lengthens the tail in some sense) but now instead of implying a simple "heat death" of the universe, the 2nd law implies the rise of greater and more subtle organization as well.


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