Excerpt: “The familiar concept of entropy which states that systems are biased to evolve towards greater disorder, gives little indication about exactly how they evolve.”
antialias_physorg: Comment: Sure, it’s another (and final) blow to our belief in ‘human superiority’ and uniqueness…but so what?
Re: Causal Entropic Forces, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 168702 (2013)
My comment: See for comparison: Nutrient-dependent / Pheromone-controlled thermodynamics and thermoregulation, which represents adaptively evolved ecological, social, neurogenic, and socio-cognitive niche construction sans causal entropic forces. Complex behaviors are adaptively evolved sans mutations theory as modeled in Nutrient-dependent / Pheromone-controlled Adaptive Evolution.
When, in the context of physics, mathematics, and human superiority someone asks — “…but so what?” — it is almost invariably because they know nothing about molecular biology, Darwin’s ‘conditions of existence’, Tinbergen’s ‘survival value’, or the unified biology of behavior (see for example[subscription required]: Taking note of Tinbergen, or: the promise of a biology of behaviour. Simply put, it’s as if they know nothing at all about adaptive evolution of our brain and behavior.
Clearly, such questions do not come from intelligent people. Intelligent people typically take the time to learn about the basic principles of biology and levels of biological organization that link sensory input directly to behavior in species from microbes to man, which is why intelligent people do not simply ask “…but so what?”