Saturday, 22 July 2017

Born to do Math 69 – Change in Mind

Born to do Math 69 – Change in Mind
Scott Douglas Jacobsen & Rick Rosner
July 22, 2017

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Scott Douglas Jacobsen: It is social reinforcement. It is not just that these physical characteristics are dramatically influenced by genetics. It is also that it is shaping our minds as well. So, our evaluative structures for what is attractive change over time in proportion to that physical structure change in our minds.

Rick Rosner: There are levels of explanation that are more useful or convenient depending on what you’re doing with the thing you’re analyzing and your explanations – if you’re writing a spec. sitcom script—your operative explanations are going to be different than if you’re doing a study on the neurochemistry of love.

Unless, you’re a great writer and can get jokes out of neurochemistry. With regards to IC and information cosmology, the most applicable set of explanations, if it is true, in one area that I’ll risk saying that it has a possibility of being true is whether the universe is entropic or not.

The Second law of Thermodynamics is the one that everyone talks about. It is the interesting one to the point that it is not interesting to talk about at all. It says in a closed system only disorder can increase. So, the energy you expend cleaning a messy room is greater – the heat you generate is a greater force of disorder at a thermodynamic level – than the energy you spent stacking up your crap.

You cannot win. You cannot ever increase the order of a closed system. That seems like the dominant idea of order in the universe. I’d say for most of the 20th century. Where you have local outbreaks of order on Earth, where order and complexity increase, maybe throughout the universe, but the models of the universe have it winding down one way or another back into complete disorder and chaos, or just a complete lack of useable energy by the end of time.

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Rick Rosner
American Television Writer
Rick Rosner
Scott Douglas Jacobsen
Editor-in-Chief, In-Sight Publishing
In-Sight Publishing
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