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Entropy isn't what it used to be
Posted 12 October 2012 - 02:49 PM
Even if I used tweezers to replace each grain of salt, or restored the cards to suit order, or cleaned the house, the Law still holds. The system would then have to include me. And, sad but certain to say, my entropy would have increased more than the decrease in entropy I would have produced in the cards, salt or house. The gloomy fact is that the Universe is running down. In the struggle between order and disorder, disorder wins out.
In my early years that seemed unfair to me. I thought it should at least be a draw. You should only have to clean the house once. Unless there are small children about ... But it's not so.
So here is the puzzle. Does the Second Law give evidence to a universal evil force that wanders about, looking for ordered states to destroy? Or is there a view that permits neutrality in that regard, while still asserting the Second Law? Well of course there must be a view like that, because that's how things actually are.
The puzzle is, how would you simply and intuitively state such a view? How would you explain to my younger self, or to your child or grandchild, that fairness [neutrality] and the Second Law can and do coexist?
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Posted 12 October 2012 - 03:34 PM
Edited by phil1882, 12 October 2012 - 03:34 PM.
Posted 12 October 2012 - 04:45 PM
To your younger self id say :
The two concepts of fairness ( neutrality ) and the 2nd Law ( decay ) are two completeley diffrent things.
The universe cares not for our perception of fairness.
One is an external force..the other an internal state. They need not meet or be grasped at the same time . It is just very satisfactory to a human brain when they do.
ok..took a crack ..let the cards fall where they may
Posted 12 October 2012 - 06:13 PM
Posted 14 October 2012 - 11:57 PM
Edited by mmiguel, 15 October 2012 - 12:03 AM.
Posted 15 October 2012 - 04:00 AM
Posted 16 October 2012 - 09:12 PM
Some of what makes me me is real, some of what makes me me is imaginary...I guess I'm just complex. ;P
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