The Quantum World

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Is there a Problem for the Social Imagination in a State of Entropy?

Yes, there is a problem for the social imagination because it is information and as such is subject to decay like anything else struggling to exist in a state of entropy.  How do we know that this is the case? What is entropy?

Let us look at the Laws of Thermodynamics. The first law asserts that matter or its energy equivalent can neither be created nor destroyed. Nowhere in the universe is matter being observed being created or annihilated. All observed processes conserve matter or its equivalent energy. Corollary: natural processes cannot create energy.

The second law, known as the arrow of time, asserts that as time advances, the universe progresses from a  state of order to a state of greater disorder (entropy).  This also declares that the energy available to do work continually decreases. The universe appears to run 'downhill' to an eventual heat death when no temperature differences exist (no energy is available), resulting in uniform randomness. That is interesting... uniform randomness. What would that look like? Only one can imagine and in our limited imagination it may look like the inside of a sleeping bag that can be completely zipped up, dark and uniform inside where everything is the same and not the same so it would not matter which end were up and which were down.

The third law is when every substance has a finite positive entropy which may become zero at a temperature of absolute zero.

All of those laws tell us about the condition of the social imagination and its environment. Social reality which is information is not created nor destroyed... it just is because we cannot determine from where it is coming. And it is not from 'natural' processes.

Information first comes in an orderly form and as it is used and or passed around in the social imagination, it suffers unto disorder. And, information as a 'substance' when first applied is a finite positive entropy and in that form can become zero or imagine a singularity.

This suggests that in order that social reality continues, it must have a constant source of finite positive entropy in order to overcome becoming zero which we might equate as uniform randomness. But, in that uniform randomness, there is not total randomness... there is potential to create. Is there a problem for the social imagination in a state of entropy... only in that it certainly suffers and will continue to until it is rebooted.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth ~ Gen 1:1. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.  Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.…~ Gen 1:2-4. For in Him all things were created, things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities. All things were created through Him and for Him ~ Col 1:16-17.

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