Helene Finidori commented on the doc An alternative political philosophy of systemic change in the group Communicating the Commons 5 years, 2 months ago
Very interesting! Someone in a discussion on systemic change from a complex adaptive systems perspective explained Entropy -that I am always struggling to understand- like this:
"Suppose you get a glass of milk from the fridge. It is evidently colder than the kitchen, so when you leave it on the kitchen table, there is a difference in temperature between the milk and the table.
That is a difference in entropy
Now you go out for an hour and when you come back, the milk is at the same temperature than the table. That's no difference in Entropy.
That is the Second law. Reality tends to thermal equilibrium, i.e: maximum Entropy, i.e.: no difference
Now you just have to think about the whole universe in terms of the glass of milk and the table. Two objects can only be at different temperature, have different energy or different information if there exist a difference of Entropy between them.
But that difference can also be created by warming the milk in the microoven; i.e.: by adding 'negentropy' "
That I interpret as the 'part' of the system, adopting in time the characteristics of its 'mileu' or the system it is part of. Bringing to may mind that maybe what Baudrillard describes as the absorption or neutralization of political dissent by 'the system' is nothing other than enthropy… Which ties back to the idea I have developped these past weeks of the embed hack the code… and embedding the code of the commons as factors of opportunity and renewal into the system. That would be introducing on-going systemic generation of negentropy…
Here's a paper by Ricardo Alvira with an excellent explanation of complex systems change of state: http://vixra.org/pdf/1405.0271v2.pdf
"This text is chapter 2.1 of the book 'A mathematical Theory of sustainability and Sustainable Development'. It reviews and conceptualizes sustainability/sustainable development from six different theories: Systems Theory, Complexity Theory [as both 'organization' and 'emergence']; Coevolution; Ecology; Chaos Theory and CAS Theory. "