Saturday, November 13, 2010

Humans vs. the Sun (Sun wins for entropy production & loses for complexity)

Here's a fact that shouldn't be over-looked in all of the blogs I've written.

The amount of exergy destruction (and hence increase in entropy) from life on earth (plants, animals, etc.) is minuscule compared with of the Sun or any other star.

We shouldn't forget that, right now, what were doing on Earth to increase the entropy of the universe is negligible compared to the rest of the processes in the solar system not associated with life.

Life: Score of 10

Sun: Score of 1,000,000,000,00...

And I want to make this point because, while I believe that humans should try to cultivate other planets as a means of increasing the entropy of the universe, it will take a long time before we can ever match the entropy production capability of our Sun.

And therefore, none of the reductionist philosophy I've been discussing should in anyway be construed to suggest that it's okay to violate human rights (to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness) as a means to an end (where the end is more entropy production.)

If anything, I'm hoping to show that what we call life is unique and different compared with other nonlinear phenomena because of its recursive, replicating capability.

While I've discussed the possibility of self-replicating structures within the Sun (using the exergy gradient, and carbon as a catalyst), I don't think that such structures (if they exist) are anywhere as complex as the life forms we see on Earth.

Score of degree of complexity / self-reference-replication

Life on Earth: 1,000,000,000,00...

Sun: 0-5

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