Re: entropy, order, disorder, chaos, stasis
osgart wrote:so the universe has no hope of lasting as it currently is and all will fall to stillness and darkness and no more light
I tend to believe the universe will collapse and become chaotic and than start recycling it's energies . at some point the universe became orderly so there must be a move from disorder to order as well.
otherwise why don't we see that everything is always going to be equilibrium and lifeless stillness
we shouldn't have things in constant motion if entropy is the final stage of the universe.
Look at it through this analogy, since you know what icewater feels like.
- The universe is the ocean.
- The ocean is very cold, and very big.
There are tiny little little furnaces throughout the ocean.
- Compared to the size of the ocean there are not many of them, and they are far apart.
Anything close to a furnace receives energy from the furnace.
- Energy causes motion, from micro to macro.
- Motion results in heat.
- With more things moving, more things exist in constantly changing configurations caused by the movement, which was made possible by input of energy from the furnace, and without which no movement is possible.
- More movement allows more opportunity for seemingly unpatterned movement, i.e. unpredictable, i.e. chaotic.
When a thing gets too far from a furnace, the movement of energy towards entropy is starkly obvious.
- All of the energy (heat from motion) contained within the thing, uniformly dissipates into the surrounding ocean, which is very big, and very cold. The effect of the energy transferring into the ocean causes a negligible change in temperature in the ocean, because the ocean absorbs that teensie bit of heat uniformly. The thing reaches energetic stasis with the surroundings.
- It’s like the polar plunge, with no way out.
Away from a furnace, a particular thing from micro to macro stops moving.
- It reaches a high state of stasis, an energetic balance with the surroundings, a high state of entropy, and a low state of energy.
- The total energy is the same. It has simply been scattered through the entire universe.
- That's a lot of scattering in an infinite universe.
This is why the Butterfly Effect is bogus.
- By the time the flap of a butterfly wing causally connects with the other side of the planet, that energy has dissipated into all of the atmosphere like a fart in a hurricane, although worriers are attentive to cows and weather.
Here’s a more down-to-earth manifestation of the natural principle of entropy:
- Take one guy with a billion dollars.
- This much focused energy could move mountains. It’s a furnace of energy.
- Dissipate all that energy to all the folks on the planet and it won’t move jack squat, because it has been entropitized.
- Not one person could get a decent cup of coffee after the uniform distribution of all that energy.
- There certainly won't be any chaotic mountain moving as a direct result.
This is why increasing entropy leads to greater stability.