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I thought life decreases local entropy through outside energy input. Apparently structures dissipate entropy through themselves faster than it would otherwise. Like a drain spiral?

We're not even here to survive and replicate despite circumstances, we're mostly here mess things up more efficiently?

(I like the whole organisms and life thing, can I do a PhD in it yet)

Date: 2015-12-23 02:58 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] marcelo
Would this handwavy metaphor be not too inaccurate? (I didn't even finish my BA in maths, and the information theory I use in my job is quite limited, so I'm kind of ashamed writing it out, but I'd like to know if I'm absolutely misunderstanding this bit of the universe):

Lots of configurations of water and carbon, very few of which are alive, not many physical constraints keeping the alive ones from the dead ones, and the "Marcelo might be in this state" distribution wants to explore them all, so there's a lot of entropy that has to be exported very quickly in order to keep that distribution small enough to "fit" inside the alive subset of configurations.

*kind of winces* Not even wrong?

Date: 2015-12-23 16:16 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] marcelo
Oh. I think I got it. Thanks!

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