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A blog by Leon Oudejans

Is time a measure of entropy?

Recently, I noticed several articles about Betelgeuse, a “red supergiant star [] and one of the largest visible to the naked eye”. Allegedly, this star will “soon” turn into a supernova, “a powerful luminous explosion of a star”. The timeline of that event varies between a few hundred years to 100,000 years.

Everything in life, nature and the universe appears to be part of a cycle a.k.a. the Circle of Life. That cycle represents birth (eg, life, stars), growth (eg, life, stars), decay or entropy (eg, ageing of life and stars), and death (eg, life, stars). In our view, time (elapsed) is from the cradle to the grave.

My examples above (ie, life, stars) represent energy and matter. The decay of matter (ie, stardust) is, however, a building block of Life. Hence, the Circle of Life is a circle within another cycle.

Early September 2021, I had an epiphany. The diagram on the left was its result.

The upper right quadrant might be viewed as our Circle of Life. Decay and entropy are in the left upper corner.

The lower right corner represents the notion that data or information cannot be lost and “lives” on forever (ie, no-hiding theorem).

The lower left corner is an unknown unknown. In other words: we are unaware of what we do not know. However, our fantasy or imagination may argue that this (alternate) dimension “stores” our universal or collective consciousness.

My circle-in-a-circle approach should imply that timein and of itself – is quite irrelevant, apart from being a measure of entropy. In a human context, this would imply that we move through dimensions, like from energy / matter (eg, our body and mind) towards data-information (eg, our Soul).

“Our subjective sense of the direction of time, the psychological arrow of time, is therefore determined within our brain by the thermodynamic arrow of time. Just like a computer, we must remember things in the order in which entropy increases. This makes the second law of thermodynamics almost trivial. Disorder increases with time because we measure time in the direction in which disorder increases. You can’t have a safer bet than that!”

A quote by Stephen Hawking (1942-2018), an English theoretical physicist

We are Stardust / Woodstock (1970) by Matthews Southern Comfort
band, lyrics, video, Wiki-band, Wiki-song

We are stardust
We are golden
And we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden

Note: all markings (bolditalicunderlining) by LO unless in quotes or stated otherwise.


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