Sunday, February 9, 2020

Entropy: why life seems so hard and complicated

Why is it always an uphill battle?

I'm late for work one day:

'But of all days why did I oversleep today when I have such important appointment', I scream at myself. Skipping breakfast, I run to the bus stop, and I'm lucky as a bus turns up right way. 'I'm going to make it', I think, so relieved, except the bus is early and the driver waits for two minutes at each bus top. Each of those minutes seem like eternity.

No matter how hard we try to get our lives together, things seem to get more complicated.

Problems emerge in our relationships and family life, finances, work, health and so on, that seem impossible to solve. We’re overwhelmed with the never-ending bombardment of life problems, and often feel like life is falling apart.

Entropy: why life seems so hard and complicated


Peter Pan said...

This article confuses psychological processes with thermodynamics. Life on Earth requires homeostasis, which requires a stable climate.

We are awash in energy, regardless of how difficult life may seem.
Average annual solar radiation arriving at the top of the Earth's atmosphere is roughly 1361 W/m2.[25] The Sun's rays are attenuated as they pass through the atmosphere, leaving maximum normal surface irradiance at approximately 1000 W /m2 at sea level on a clear day. When 1361 W/m2 is arriving above the atmosphere (when the sun is at the zenith in a cloudless sky), direct sun is about 1050 W/m2, and global radiation on a horizontal surface at ground level is about 1120 W/m2.[26] The latter figure includes radiation scattered or reemitted by atmosphere and surroundings. The actual figure varies with the Sun's angle and atmospheric circumstances. Ignoring clouds, the daily average insolation for the Earth is approximately 6 kWh/m2 = 21.6 MJ/m2.

Matt Franko said...

"why did I oversleep today"