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Life is an organized disorder

  1. Aug 28, 2014 #1


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    How can life be compatible with the second law of thermodynamics?

    Here is how. Life is a self-organized system. A self-organized system is a system in which organization arises SPONTANEOUSLY, which means that the probability of the appearance of organization is large. But this means that self-organization is also a transition to a more probable state, i.e., to a state of higher entropy.

    The confusion arises when entropy, i.e. highly probable state, i.e. disorder - is identified with the lack of organization. Disorder and the lack of organization are not the same. One can say that life is an organized disorder.

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  3. Aug 28, 2014 #2


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    Very interesting. Do you know an english version?
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