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Thread #59418   Message #1328524
Posted By: Bee-dubya-ell
16-Nov-04 - 09:48 AM
Thread Name: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Wow! JennyO has created a message that exhibits both positive and negative entropy! It starts out in a state of order (the words all lined up in a nice diagonal) but it inevitably winds its way toward disorder. That's entropy in a nutshell. But, then, if you watch the screen long enough it eventually rebuilds itself into an ordered state. That's negative entropy.

Now, as we all know, negative entropy is a contradiction and cannot exist. Order can only be imposed upon a system by using energy borrowed from someplace else and the amount of disorder created by that borrowing is always greater than the amount of order imposed. The old "There's no such thing as a free lunch." bit.

But JennyO's message first craetes disorder from order and then turns around and creates order from disorder with no borrowing of energy from someplace else. She has reversed entropy! And it happened right here on the Mother of All BS Threads!