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

Rebecca S.
Rebecca S.4 years ago

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

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

Robert Hardy
Robert Hardy4 years ago

But is psychological or spiritual state REALLY subject to entropy... I don't think so.

Ra Sc
Ra Sc4 years ago

Evolution is not defiance of entropy any more than a helium balloon is defiance of gravity. Evolution was fueled by the massive energy and entropy loss of our sun, which is far greater than the localized decrease in entropy on Earth. Within a closed system, entropy can only increase, but the Earth is not a closed system. Without the sun, we never would have evolved. With the helium balloon, the helium is so much lighter than ordinary air, that it is really the air around it falling below it that pushes it up, you just can't see the air, so it looks like it floats up with nothing else below it.