about entropy

A somewhat fuzzy definition of entropy is as follows: the universe’s tendancy towards getting more random and chaotic, not less.

Basically, things fall apart. Like my house, where there is a particularly strong entropy field hanging over everything. Or my filing cabinet, which seems to be the center of the field. Or my life, which has already spun irrevocably out of my control. 

Remember children, rollercoaster rides are only fun because you know what the outcome is going to be.

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18 thoughts on “about entropy

  1. edgeofentropy says:

    Interesting, I liked what I saw so far, and you & I both seem to be living a life around this thing we call entropy.

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  2. LOVE your writing. How cool to find a good writer from time to time! Your divorce posts are so powerful! I look forward to reading more of your work. Entropy rules in my MD abode as well. Sometimes I think I just fret about it so that I don’t have to think about the things that are *really* troubling me.

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  3. I feel that there is no entropy. We see it as entropy because we do not perceive it all correctly. Foolishly hurting someone physically or psychologically might tend to make them believe more in entropy. Wisely helping them to go beyond the illusions of disorder might tend to make entropy rather meaningless.

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  4. Well… like gravity, entropy is one of those things confirmed by physicists who are much smarter than me. It has its own equation and everything. I can’t quite go along with denying the physicists their due.

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  5. I’m just suggesting that we may still be in a very crude (unsophisticated) stage (scientifically) regarding what our physicists currently hold as plausible. It’s easy to say that the world is flat… when you don’t have the larger perspective. It may be that what appears as entropy is merely an apparent disorder that is part of a much larger, true order.

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  6. For what it’s worth, life defies entropy. It is the great organizing force, powered by the nuclear energy of the sun. That’s what gives rise to the fossil fuels, and to natural gas, otherwise known as methane. And while you may support nuclear power plants for future energy needs, I prefer to develop technology to tap our landfills for natural gas to supply local needs.

    The dividing line between the centralized power suppliers and the alternative energy enthusiasts is the difference between centralized power and self-sufficiency. I would like to get off the grid, and I don’t feel compelled to supply anyone’s energy needs but my own.

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  7. Landfills and methane are a great (and logical) place to take advantage of energy that is wasted. Philosophically, I agree that an energy solution that is decentralized and is made up of multiple sources to meet energy demand is preferable to a single point of failure. I still think nuclear is a more reasonable bridge to fully renewable energy sources than relying on big oil.

    Personally, I hope the schmucks that are in charge of climate change denial propaganda are reincarnated as polar bears floating out to sea on a melting ice cube.

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  8. I beg to differ. The whole climate change controversy is “political science,” and way too simplistic. It is an excuse to pay mega-corporations not to pollute or cut trees down, based on the “carbon credits” scam. International Paper, for instance, would be paid not to raze the Amazon jungle.

    Technically, we are at the end of an ice age, as determined by geologic history. Also, if there is human-caused warming, it behooves us to think in terms of the mass thermal effect of cities, highways, parking lots, and other development that absorbs heat from the sun as well as preventing precipitation from soaking directly into the formerly green pastures. Instead, runoff from this concrete overkill causes flooding, because the human “powers that be” have not made the obvious connection between runoff and its water recycling potential. Collection lakes, for instance, with water that could be purified. It is well known that heat from cities and the like creates “thermals” that affect weather patterns.

    As far as nuclear power is concerned, you obviously don’t live downriver from the two new nuclear power plants at Plant Vogtle that Georgia taxpayers are being forced to pay at least twice for. Not only are we paying increased power bills to Southern Company, dba Georgia Power, which is essentially a government-granted monopoly (and a Fortune 500 company on Wall Street), we are paying a surcharge on power bills for anticipated interest on SoCo’s debt.

    In addition, the Plant Vogtle site is deemed one of the most radioactive places in the world, and tritium, among other radioactive elements, has been found as far downriver as Savannah, where I live. I’ve been looking into the toxic waste problem in the Savannah River, but it’s amazing how difficult it is to find good information. My assessment is no one wants to know. The Army Corps of Engineers is so busy pushing its Savannah Harbor deepening project down our collective throats, (while expecting us to pay for it), that they don’t want to address obvious problems like the environmental costs of stirring up all that river bottom muck (including heavy metals like lead and mercury) and dumping it in an undetermined location. Its previous dump site, at the border of Georgia and South Carolina, is the largest mosquito nest in two states. Instead of using their scientific smarts to provide adequate drainage to this mosquito and toxic waste-infested swamp, the Corps pays Chatham County to spread malathion by helicopters across the whole landscape.

    Let other people worry about global warming. I have enough to handle with the government poisoning my own air, water, and earth as fast as it can get away with it.

    People have the mistaken notion that the federal government, like God, has the answers, if only we pay it enough for long enough to find them. From my perspective, government is creating the problems by its collusion with Wall Street to gang bang taxpayers into submission to false authority.

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  9. You are right that it is easy to have an opinion when you aren’t living next to the thing in question. I more or less agree with your last statement, but I’d call wall street a driver more than government.

    From inside the halls of government, the “broken government” argument looks a little different than it does from the outside. There are really two governments in question: the political process of elections and political appointments, and then the federal workforce itself. The political class and the 1% are more or less one and the same, which is catastrophic for us all, the body of federal workers that we also call government included.

    As for climate change… A huge proportion of the scientists studying climate are terrified. Whatever the cause – and it is likely to be a bunch of interrelated causes all bunched together – the scientists are scared. And that says something credible to me. Government may not be the answer, but if left to the executives at ExxonMobil and their counterparts at other oil companies and on wall street, we will watch the whole world burn.

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  10. It’s hard to separate government from Wall Street. They are tied by the Fed, the unconstitutional private entity that creates money out of thin air to pay for the government’s excesses. (The Creature from Jekyll Island, by G. Edward Griffin). When you think of all the federal pensions and benefit money invested on Wall Street, you begin to see why health insurance is now mandatory. If taxpayers knew which companies are most gifted with federal pension and benefit money, we would understand why Congress passes the legislation it does. (My guess is utilities, pharmaceuticals, medical technology, insurance, Big Food, Wal-Mart, McDonalds, and war contractors, to name a few.)

    Reading biographies of the “framers” of the Constitution, as well as Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations, has opened my eyes about how the system works to insure income inequality, by make economic slaves of taxpayers. Remember the “framers,” who met in secret and got the Constitution ratified by creating special conventions and bypassing state legislatures, were wealthy landowners, bankers, merchants, and lawyers who wanted to guarantee their hold on this giant piece of real estate they wrested from the AmerIndians and Britain.

    Smith wrote his book from a tax collector’s point of view, studying all the ways different governments taxed their people. Even in 1776 government jobs were cushy sinecures. Bureaucracies have grown now to the point of ridiculousness, and all those federal employees, whose money has been invested on Wall Street, have been guaranteed comfortable retirements. They are all heavily invested in the worst eco-rapists, like the oil companies, and Montsanto, because these pay the highest dividends.

    And you must remember the oil companies would not be nearly as profitable if the government did not build the infrastructure for the rail and highway systems at taxpayer expense. The oil companies also enjoy government protection when they lease off-shore drilling rights.

    Blame the central banking system that makes it easy for the government to borrow fiat money and overspend. Alexander Hamilton and George Washington colluded on getting the first central bank going, along with the Whiskey Tax to guarantee perpetual income to pay interest on federal debt. JP Morgan and his cronies (including the oil baron John D. Rockefeller) used the same tactic to create the Fed, instituting the income tax to guarantee perpetual income to pay interest to the bankers.

    We are seeing the whole house of cards shaking in the wind now.

    As far as “scientists” being afraid, remember that these are institutional scientists. We are living in a society in which the institutions have ganged up on individuals, but they are faceless, nameless agglutinations of lowest-common-denominator, mechanistic minds, with no real accountability. Science has become as dogmatic as religion, and anyone who voices doubt is quickly squelched or discredited. Read the Tao of Physics by Fritjof Capra, an astrophysicist, for insight into some of the latest revelations from quantum theory, which closely resembles age-old wisdom from Oriental mysticism.

    In fact, the Western mechanistic model has become so robotic that there’s no room for spirit, life force, or–as the Orientals describe it–qi. No wonder everyone is depressed, as we head down this suicidal path and don’t know how to stop it. Global warming could be construed as a symbol for the fires of hell that we seem to be headed for if we don’t wake up and change our course.

    Apologies for the rant. You must think I’m really wacko now, but I just finished reading Straight to Hell, by John LeFevre. It didn’t surprise me and confirmed my suspicions about the bankers’ contempt for the people whose money they control, through their pensions and investments. I feel sorry for my retired friends, who worked all their lives, saving for their retirements, and are now being played for fools by vampiristic money churners who gamble with other people’s money and assume no personal risk. They make money every time stocks change hands, whether the stocks go up or down.

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