Defeating Entropy

The world is a dangerous place for life to survive in, and if we look beyond the localized dangers of our planet, a cosmic force stands ever ready to destroy life. It is called entropy, the universal tendency for order to break down into disorder.

Entropy came into existence at the instant of the Big Bang; starting with the creation of the universe, heat, light, and all other forms of energy have dissipating, spreading out over time as the universe expands. This tendency to spread out, moving energy to less concentrated areas, is entropy. Entropy is a one-way arrow. An aged body doesnít automatically turn young again.

Whenever matter and energy collect into orderly patterns, entropy is defined, The breakdown of orderliness is inherent in the physical makeup of the universe, and it is at the core of the reason why our bodies deteriorate and age over time. If we want to defeat aging, we must first learn how to defeat entropy.

In purely material terms, physics doesnít describe a force working against entropy. Yet it is obvious that the universe hasnít just expanded after the Big Bang; it has evolved. Evolution, or growth, creates more complex structures from less complex ones. The growth of one cell into two, two into four, four into eight, and so forth, is evolution in action. There is nothing random about it.

Yet, the human body exists in utter defiance of entropy, since it is incredibly orderly and capable of adding to its order with even more complexity. Why, then, are we alive to begin with? What force works against chaos to assert higher and higher complexities of order?

Adapted from Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, by Deepak Chopra (Three Rivers Press, 1998).

85 comments

Elisa F.
Elisa F.2 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

heather g.
heather g.4 years ago

Life is a fascinating mystery....

Jane Barton
Jane Barton4 years ago

Our "earthly existence"???? WHAT OTHER EXISTENCE IS THERE???? Right....... NONE.
This is IT, people. This is ALL we GOT! Make the best of it. Forget about the blabbering idiots selling you snake oil. Drinking snake oil and "praying" only gives you temporary relief from rich peoples' oppression. After that you wake up and realize you have been screwed.

Marianna B M.

THANKS

Ron Grubner
Ron Grubner4 years ago

Our earthly existence is subjected to two forces....possitive and negative..one attracts while the other repells.The existence of one proves the existence of the other and yet both will attract force of the same nature...ie...possitive will attract possitive while negative will attract negative.How we develope is determined by our chosen response to either force.
If we consider our past lives and realise we have become what we are by choice of either influence we can understand why we are what we are.If we have not learned from past experiences, we have chosen the negative force each time we have chosen.And negative force encourages ongoing negative force.The oppostite is true of possitive force.
But after physical death,only one of the two forces affects us.We have determined which one it is by choice before then.It is not random and it is not entropy.It is choice.But negative choices can produce chaos..In other words,we reap what we sow and are the only ones affected by what we reap.
So often right choices can be hard to make ,but the result will always be possitive

Rebecca S.
Rebecca S.4 years ago

making more cells is reproduction, not evolution. Evolution involves mutations.

Ron Grubner
Ron Grubner4 years ago

Reminds me of the Archimedes screw When Archimedes first raised and developed the principle of the screw,he reasoned that it would be self propelling by the energy it produced.By raising water water up the thread and having it circulate as it descended again through a system which utilised that energy it would propel itself....rather like a waterwheel.But he soon found it does not work like that because like a waterheel it still constanly needed a scource of energy..like a stream.It takes an initial scource of power to keep the screw in motion.If the stream motion dries up,the waterwheel stops even if water is still available.Entropy is the same,it takes an initial power scource to set it in motion and a system to keep it in motion.The human body is different to other created parts.It is the ONLY part of creation with a live mass and yet has a scource seperate of it.The universe has a scource independant of it but our scource is part of us....our spirit.The initial energy for it comes from the Creator of it and is not entropic."Why then are we alive to begin with.What force works against chaos to assert higher and higher complexities of order ?" It explains why the "human body exists in utter defiance of entropy"

Kathy K.
Kathy K.4 years ago

Interesting. Thanks.

Jane Barton
Jane Barton4 years ago

"Deepak: "Why, then, are we alive to begin with? What force works against chaos to assert higher and higher complexities of order?"

WHY keep asking WHY? NOBODY KNOWS WHAT FORCE WORKS AGAINST "CHAOS"!
What I DO KNOW is what WORKS AGAINST ALL LIFE ON EARTH!! It's REPUBLICANS/RICH PEOPLE/LEADERS/RELIGIOUS REGIMES and THIEVES!!! It's IRRELEVANT to keep asking WHY WE ARE ALIVE TO BEGIN WITH!!! It doesn't matter. What MATTERS is life on earth RIGHT NOW and RIGHT HERE and what they are gonna DO ABOUT IT!!!!!


Gary A L.
Gary L.4 years ago

thanks