Can life and machinery defeat entropy?
The development and evolution of life decreases the local entropy. This is fine for places like earth as it is not a closed thermodynamic system, as we get energy from the sun. But if the cosmos can be expresses as a closed thermodynamic system with a tendency for the increase of entropy, does this restrict the cosmic distribution of life or Von Neumann probe-like machines? Furthermore, if the procession of time is, as many physicists have theorised, dependant on or related to the procession of entropy, then could wide spread abundance of life effect the nature, speed or direction of time? Or could there be a limit to the rate at which life can develop so that the entropy of the universe continues to advance?
Can the universe really be expressed as a closed thermodynamic system? Perhaps that is the first step in thinking about this. We are yet to understand so much about our universe such as dark energy and dark matter. The universe clearly didn't just appear from nowhere, and all the mass and energy we see around us came from somewhere, but what's to say energy isn't leaking in or out of "the universe" into the multiverse- if such a thing exists.
Entropy and life is very interesting, I must look into it more. Here is a start.
As for time's relationship, to my understanding it is time which influences entropy according to the second law of thermodynamics, not the opposite. However as the link between the two is there, logically it is impossible to rule out the possibility of entropy influencing the passage of time.
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