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Entropy: Why Life Always Seems to Get More Complicated

Entropy and Second Law of Thermodynamics

Entropy and Second Law of Thermodynamics

Entropy is the natural tendency of things to lose order and become less organized. Left to itself, it will always become less structured. Weeds overtake gardens. People age. Sandcastles erode or get washed away.

Over time, everything deteriorates. This is known as the Second Law of Thermodynamics and one of the fundamental laws of our universe. The second law of Thermodynamics states that the entropy of a closed system will never decrease.

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Entropy and Second Law of Thermodynamics

Entropy is the natural tendency of things to lose order and become less organized. Left to itself, it will always become less structured. Weeds overtake gardens. People age. Sandcastles erode or get washed away.

Over time, everything deteriorates. This is known as the Second Law of Thermodynamics and one of the fundamental laws of our universe. The second law of Thermodynamics states that the entropy of a closed system will never decrease.

Creating stability and order

This insight - that disorder naturally increases over time but that we can use our effort to create useful types of order that can counteract the pull of entropy - reveals the core purpose of life.

You can pull the weeds in your garden. You can clean your room. But because everything in life naturally turns to disorder, you have to use energy to create stability and order.

Entropy explains many mysteries and experiences

When we consider the human body, the atoms that make up your body could be arranged in nearly any combination and lead to no form of life.

Mathematically speaking, the odds are against your presence. Yet, here you are. It is truly remarkable.

The beauty of art

Artists can create a form of order and symmetry that the universe cannot replicate on its own.

The number of beautiful combinations is far less than the number of total combinations. We should treat it as something unique.

Working towards order in the family life

Marriage can fail in many ways - financial stress, parenting problems, interference from an outside party, conflict in core values, lack of trust, and so on. A breakdown in any of these areas can ruin a family.

To be happy, you need some degree of success in each area. Happy families work towards order in all the areas.

Designing optimal lives

You have a combination of talents, skills, and interests that are unique to you. But you live in a larger society that may not consider your abilities.

It is improbable that life is going to grant you a situation that perfectly matches your strengths. You may not be in the optimal culture for your interests. You may be exposed to the wrong subject or sport. Knowing this, you have to take an unsuitable condition and turn it into a well-matched one.

Entropy and Murphy's Law

Murphy's Law states that if anything can go wrong, it will go wrong.

Entropy explains why Murphy's Law is so prevalent in life. Life can go wrong in more ways than it can go right. What is remarkable is not that life has problems, but that we have the ability to solve them.

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The confusing nature of entropy

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The Half-Life of Facts
The Half-Life of Facts

Facts decay over time. And the time it takes to disprove or replace half of it can be predicted.

Data in medicine become half as relevant in 2-3 years. For exact sciences, 2-4 years.

Half life of facts and compound knowledge

If we want our knowledge to compound, we’ll need to focus on the invariant general principles.

Half-lives show us that if we spend time learning something that changes quickly, we might be wasting our time. 

Keep Learning

Education is largely the process of removing fears, be it of ideas, people or happenings. Ignorance is not bliss, as the mind will invent explanations that are far more terrible than reality.

Be Balanced

Chaos is the natural state of the universe. There are more ways things can go wrong than ways things can go right. But chaos is a potential threat and that’s why we like orderly and ordering things.

Understand that there will always be problems in your life. Don’t expect to solve every problem or to always do the right thing. Simply do the best in your power, but don’t try so hard that you create more problems than solve. 

The Stirrings of the Senses

Meditation is a place to view consciousness in its entirety, to see problems as they arise, and to watch them pass. Through it, is easier to see that all those who do bad things, small or big, are like ourselves except in different stages of development.

Knowing that and that we all need to minimize problems, achieve our desires and cooperate makes it easier to accept and deal with things as they come.

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