Everyday entropy: form and translation



Consider the bonobo.  Being on the far side of the river from the larger and more aggressive chimpanzee is a matter of life and death.   Look, then, at the way the meander above is first cut off and then absorbed into the far side of the river.  Whether this is how bonobos came to be separated from chimps is irrelevant.  What matters is that the actual shape of the river is meaningful, not just the average shape of a river, and that the physical form is not information.  The number of meanders and the acuteness of their deviation are bits of information that will remain remarkably consistent as long as the environment doesn’t change substantially, but the form and configuration will evolve in a way that is predictable based on the given information and momentum of the bodies involved, but form and configuration are never well defined in terms of energy or information.

The problem with form theory and constructal law physics is that form and construct degenerate continuously, and while the average form is regenerated through each translation, the actual form is uncertain.  It is tempting to say the river has the form of a river whether any given meander goes left or right and adopt the fundamental assumption of statistical mechanics, i.e., that every particle is identical and any given position is interchangeable.  However, for a bonobo on the actual bank of the actual river, whether the meander is a left meander or right meander makes all the difference in the world.



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