e th Law

Introduction

The e th Law of Thermodynamics, also called the Principle of Fast Entropy, states that “systems will tend to become configured in a manner that maximizes their rate of entropy production.” More precisely, entropy increase follows the Principle of Least Time. More roughly stated, “entropy tends to increase as quickly as possible.” The e th Law of Thermodynamics is a strong form of the Second Law of Thermodynamics.

The th Law can be used for physical applications such as modeling time dependent heat flow, business applications such as modeling business growth, as well as law and policy applications such as practicable resource development legislation. The th Law of Thermodynamics can also be used to develop a physical, invariant social science derived from cosmological tendencies that is applicable on Earth or anywhere in the universe. This science is called History Dynamics, or more generally, Physical History and Economics (PHE).

The th Law is only one of many tendencies in the universe. There are other tendencies that oppose the th Law. What we see in nature is the net effect of these tendencies. However, since the quantitative magnitude of the th Law is often directly ascertainable within a suitable uncertainty, while often opposing tendencies are not, the th Law can be used to quantify and compare opposing tendencies.

Perhaps all laws of physics break down on very tiny scales or at extremely enormous ones, and the th Law is likely to be no exception. In systems of just a few sub-atomic particles, the th Law may not apply very well. Yet in our everyday experience, with macroscopic systems, the known laws of physics do apply, including the th Law.

It is possible to point out regions or parts of a system where the neither th Law nor the Second Law of Thermodyanamics seem to apply. However, if one examines the entire system involved including inputs and outputs to that region, one will find the Second Law and the th Law hold quite well.

Under the th Law, complex structures that otherwise seem to violate the Second Law of Thermodyanmics are actually favored under the th Law IF they increase the rate of entropy production. In this way, the emergence of living organisms, intelligence and civilization care favored under the th Law.

e th Law and Biology

The Second Law of Thermodynamics is a generally accepted principle of physics. Few physicists would disagree with it. On the other hand, some biologists have a hard time accepting this law, for living organisms clearly produce regions of decreased entropy. How can one resolve this apparent conflict?

The answer is that living organisms do produce localized decreases in entropy, but only at the expense of actually increasing overall entropy. The irony is that by decreasing their own internal entropy, living organisms can produce exponential increases in overall entropy. The role of life appears to be a means for the Universe to actually reach increased entropy more quickly. If life indeed has this role, then there must be a tendency for the universe to be configured in a way which tends to achieve higher entropy as quickly as possible.

This observation has helped lead to the proposed e th Law—that the entropy of the universe is not merely increasing, but rather is increasing as quickly as possible. Nature is not lazy and casual in eliminating thermodynamic potentials, but will utilize great vigor and creativity to do whenever possible. The e th Law often results in exponential growth, hence the name “e th” for the transcendental number e.

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