Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Life As I See It

This idea came to my mind this afternoon as I was like usual, sitting alone and day dreaming after having lunch. It was an idea about what is actually LIFE. No! No! Not that kind of lives that most of the Malaysian bloggers write in their blogs, not about what food you eat, how much alcohol you consume or did you enjoy your previous sex…

Many people have told me that ‘life/soul is energy’ since I was young, they described it as energy in your body, and it ‘gets’ out of your body when you die. I didn’t know if they really knew what they were talking about, but that was what they believed. I have not heard any further explanation till this afternoon, I suddenly thought of a better answer for it. I don’t know what you will think about my idea but I will write it down here anyway. But I can tell you my idea doesn’t come with unreason beliefs.

I was thinking that, perhaps second law of thermodynamics can be used to find an answer to the question. Here is a refresh if you have forgotten this theory you learnt in high school:

The total entropy (measure of the disorder of the system) of any system plus that of its environment increases as a result of any natural process.
ΔS = ΔSsys + ΔSenv > 0.


Natural processes tend to move toward a state of greater disorder.

Our life is all about doing work, and we need energy to do work. Also, we can see that in natural processes energy is always conserved (First law of thermodynamics), but as time goes on energy becomes less useful. This is due to the increase of entropy for which order goes to disorder and eventually some energy cannot do useful work anymore. So, you must be thinking, from a single cell evolves to a human being, doesn’t mean that is the increase of order? That sounds like it violates the second law of thermodynamics. In fact, it doesn’t. Yes, from macromolecules to homo sapiens or single cell to human being, these are the examples of increasing order. However, the small molecules (wastes) removed in the process of evolution or growth are simple molecules with higher entropy or disorder. “The total entropy of the molecules cast aside by the organisms during the process of evolution and growth is greater than the decrease in entropy associated with the order of the growing individual” - Douglas C. Giancoli.

In short, my thought is that LIFE IS ABOUT INCREASING ENTROPY. Why? Since a system has the ability to perform work means it has higher order than a system that has no ability to do work. So, from the moment I was born till I die. Order has gone to disorder.

Ok, I want to add something more here. Back to my first post, I mentioned about my classmate who believed god made everything and he doesn’t believe in evolution. As I said, from macromolecules to homo sapiens, a single cell to human being. Things evolve because of second law of thermodynamics, because of things gone from order to disorder. So now, why do we need god here? What is the purpose of having god to exist? I mean we know our universe governed beautifully by Physics laws and Mathematics, things happen because the laws say so. If you ask why the laws are here, then the answer is they must be here otherwise you will not live to ask so. Well, perhaps religious people will say the same thing that we shouldn’t question about the existence of god too. BUT, which is more convincing, the Physics laws that explain the universe to you or god which doesn’t explain anything?

*I am not trying to be provoking to the religous people, it is just my thought. If you think my idea is stupid, leave your comments, cheers.



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Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmm...isit the question tat got egg first or got hen first?
hahaha...duno...i choose to believe in God. i dun want to believe i was once the 'Gorilla' (?) :D..i'd rather choose to believe those beautiful story, men are from God's bone or the Chinese story, the Godess, "Nv Wo" created us by mud. :P


12:34 pm  
Anonymous Ruben said...

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10:00 pm  
Anonymous Choy said...

Looks like your words are working Ruben... haha

10:10 pm  
Anonymous Choy said...

Again, it is not like hen and eggs which come first. There is no proof in superstition. At least science gives you ideas about the universe.

12:01 pm  
Anonymous Ruben said...

If we are made out of mud, how come plants don't grow out our ears?

9:26 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Choy,
Yeah, no doubt Science provided lots info about the universe. Human become more knowledgeable and civilise with Science. Some how, myths build up a beautiful culture of a nation.

Hei Ruben,
Yeah, indeed they do have 'ears' and 'eyes', jz tt u have to c it wif your heart ;) .

p/s : hope both you not getting vomit blood by reading my 'comments' :P


8:55 am  
Anonymous Choy said...

Cheers for always visitng our site Miickey! Where are you from by the way?

10:31 pm  
Anonymous ruben said...

Vomit blood? tt? What do these mean?
You say these are myths. Well, included within the core definition of the word "myth" is are the words "ficticious" and "story"

5:51 pm  
Anonymous ruben said...

spelling mistake

its spelt "fictitious"

5:52 pm  
Anonymous Choy said...

That's why I said in my first post, we shouldn't treat superstition or unreason beliefs as our culture. Now you see how it endangers our lives!

1:23 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Surely superstition endangers our lives..we can read it in the n'paper how ppl being con.

yep ruben, u got the definition correct..that's what i m minoring at for my Degree...:)

choy, m from Pee Jay. y?

wish both you have a good start of the week ahead.


1:39 pm  
Anonymous Ruben said...

Miickey, are you doing a Philosophy degree? Thats good...

Choy just went to UK to do a Physics degree, and i just started a Mechanical Engineering degree. Although choy is in UK, and i'm in Malaysia, we both go to the same university!!

4:25 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Ruben for introducing. I thought Choy in M'sia and you are in overseas :P.
i like to visit both ur blog because can make me understand sth that i dun use to come across and think about...:)..and some times i can leave my comments here and v discuss like in a forum. :P

btw, this is my pets' blog, duno whether both u interested?


9:45 am  
Anonymous Choy said...

Miickey, what course are you doing? Sorry guys, no post lately, cos I have been busy making new friends...

4:41 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry for the confusiion, i WAS majoring in International Relations an minored in Chinese Philosophy...am rently a working adult..no longer a student. Miss my happy campus life.

Enjoy your days Choy!


3:38 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

btw, waiting for both ur posting on Modern Milesians ;)



4:14 pm  
Blogger Kate said...

There is no comfort in the laws of thermodynamics.

6:07 pm  
Anonymous Ruben said...

Nope, no comfort so far. I sure makes the universe complicated.

8:52 pm  
Blogger Libb Thims said...


I like your thermo-thoughts. I am a chemical engineer who runs a Journal of Human Thermodynamics:


Would you be interested in contributing an article similar to this one?

Let me know,

1:18 pm  
Anonymous ruben said...

Wow what an honour. I'm sure Choy would be glad to contribute to such a journal. I hope that I could too!!!

2:20 pm  
Anonymous Choy said...

Hi you alright Libb Thims, cheers for your message! Oh yeah, I would love to contribute something to your journal if you think the articles that I wrote in this blog meet your requirements. I have looked at your website, it is a lovely one.

7:36 pm  
Anonymous Ruben said...

Yes lovely indeed.

7:14 pm  
Anonymous Choy said...

Ruben! Maybe we can write an article together and send it to libb thims. I prefer to work in team as there is perfect team but no perfect individual.

12:27 am  
Anonymous Ruben said...

you're right. But we're so far apart, which sux

7:34 pm  

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