Monday, August 31, 2015
Leaf Blowers and Entropy
But that is not my main point here. My point is to talk about a definition of entropy that sees it as a degree of disorder. In this view, entropy is created when the world becomes more disordered. The gardener with the leaf blower lowers the entropy in his client's back yard but increases the overall entropy of the neighborhood by expending energy to create more order in a specific place at the cost of the larger environment.
This is how living organisms operate as well. They hold entropy at bay internally by increasing overall entropy in their environment. And it is only by holding entropy at bay by sucking energy out of their environment that living organisms can stay alive.
Still, it would be good if gardeners could work out a better way to remove leaves than by leafblowing and still put food on their table.