Re: Balloon-Borne Instrument Collects Antimatter

J. R. Molloy (
Sat, 21 Aug 1999 14:56:22 -0700

From: Skye Howard <>
>*joking thought*: If entropy destroys complex systems,
>and physics is a complex system of laws, can entropy
>destroy itself?

Entropy destroys (only) complex systems which fail to adapt. Hence the dictum: "Adapt or die."
Physics (as an example of a complex adaptive system which generally adapts more perennially than the organisms that birthed it) might easily outrun cosmic entropy, if it can attain a Type I civilization (Michio Kaku's coinage) as its base before theistic politicos cause a holocaustal mass extinction.
Physics represents an extropic CAS which increases its power in proportion as it self-organizes complexity _in opposition to_ the process of entropy. In this regard, extropy correlates to life itself. No joke.