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Comets and entropy hydrodynamics: How does evolution violate the 2nd law?
Author(s): Robert B. Sheldon; Gary Webb
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Paper Abstract

Information density can increase locally if one is careful to control the flow of entropy. Not diffusively but through clever use of “invariants of the flow”. Replacing entropy with true invariants of the flow, we show how information can be concentrated or “added” consistent with the observation of increasing complexity on the Earth. Analogous to a digital computer made of fluid components, the “calculation” proceeds by clever manipulation of boundary conditions. Magnetized comets possess exactly the properties needed to produce the simplest entropy invariant, making them a prime candidate for driving evolution. They may also provide the origin of the chirality or ”handedness” of life. Thus the Origin-of-life, evolutionary progress paradox can be solved, but at the cost of requiring the universe to be in a highly information-dense initial state.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 September 2013
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 8865, Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology XVI, 88650A (26 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2029578
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Robert B. Sheldon, Grassmere Dynamics LLC (United States)
Gary Webb, The Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8865:
Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology XVI
Richard B. Hoover; Gilbert V. Levin; Alexei Yu. Rozanov; Nalin C. Wickramasinghe, Editor(s)

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