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english  Second Law of Thermodynamics & truth

Timothy, emailleuers@cec.imii.kurume-u.ac.jp, 15.02.2003, 09:11
Original: english  Second Law of Thermodynamics (Osvaldo), 10.02.2003, 18:44

Nietzsche said that the natural science are anthropomorphic, that is based on our understanding of ourselves. Hence the theory of two types of particles that attract each other, or of "particle" and "attraction" are both modelled on the conditions and sentiments experienced by a particular type of "planetary bacilli," that has the presumption to believe that what applies to itself applies also to the whole of the natural world.

I am sympathetic to the above view.

However, moving on to your theory...I am not sure what you mean by "energy in a relationship." Do you mean "how much one party likes/loves the other?" If so then it is not a bad idea. It is also
a partly, Neitzsherian idea that often in relationships at the start,
one party is "in love with" (that is to say, idealising) their
partner. As a consequence they do things for their partner, psychologically and physically, which causes their
partner to remain in the relationship. It is rare that both partners
idealise each other at once.

However, since it seems to be generally true that illusions fade gradually, over the course of time the person that idealised their
partner is likely to idealise their partner less. Perhaps they like/
love them less - and have less "energy" for them. At the same time,
their partner, who has been recieving services (psychological support,
and physical favours) all the while is likely to have become enamoured,and even dependend upon the partner. So as you hypothesise,
one may end up with the same amount of energy (or love) as one started

However,I don't think that this is necessarily the case - it is easy to think of situations where someone falls in love with a complete b*stard, and eventually realises their mistake without ever being loved in return.

Hmm... I am not sure...are there other similarities between your theorem and relationships? For instance can we say that in the natural sciences, energy is stored in some sort of "illusion?"  Or...perhaps you have a different mechanism.  

By the way, as an aside - I said above "illusions tend to fade." I have often wondered what "truth" is. Once one rejects the correspondence theory of truth (that ones ideas correspond to an external reality), then it is difficult to think of another theory. However, as a non-sufficient theory, it seems that the maxim "truth prevails" is something that I might agree with....This is not necessarily applicable to society as a whole I wonder if truth is something like entropy, a steady state to which ideas approach? Or that truth and time are linked...truth is the arrow of time???! Probably not.

> the energy in a closed system is not the same at the
> beginning of a process as it is at the end.

I guess the "not" in the above is a mistake.