mind, matter, meaning and information

physical information and entropy

Physical information is inversely proportional to entropy—as the universe travels inexorably through time towards its “heat death”—maximum entropy, a perfectly even distribution of energy—structures inevitably break down, and physical information diminishes.

But don't confuse entropy in thermodynamics with the concept of the same name in communications theory. These are certainly related, but they are not the same. See Kenneth Sayre's Cybernetics and the Philosophy of Mind (Humanities Press, New Jersey, 1976) for a more technical discussion of information, matter and energy, including the concepts of entropy.

Copyright © 2000, 2001 by Robin Faichney. This material may be distributed only subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the Open Publication License, v1.0 or later (the latest version is presently available at http://www.opencontent.org/openpub/). Distribution of substantively modified versions of this document is prohibited without the explicit permission of the copyright holder. Distribution of the work or derivative of the work in any standard (paper) book form is prohibited unless prior permission is obtained from the copyright holder.
Last modified 23-Feb-2005 14:36:17 by Robin Faichney .