The Nature of Consciousness

Piero Scaruffi

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These are excerpts and elaborations from my book "The Nature of Consciousness"

Gravity and Entropy

Dutch physicist Erik Verlinde ("On the Origin of Gravity and the Laws of Newton", 2010) contends that gravity is just an illusion, or, better, a mere side-effect of the second law of Thermodynamics. That law says that Nature tends to maximize disorder, i.e. that entropy tends to increase. Gravity is an "entropic" force in the sense that it is ultimately the manifestation of differences in entropy.

The US physicist Ted Jacobson had already proved that Einstein's equations of General Relativity can be formulated in terms of statistical properties ("Thermodynamics of Spacetime: The Einstein Equation of State", 1995). The Israeli physicists Ram Brustein and Merav Hadad ("The Einstein equations for generalized theories of gravity", 2010) generalized Jacobson's theory to a wider class of gravitational theories (of which Einstein's General Relativity is just a particular case).

The US physicist Sean Carroll argues that understanding the universe depends on first understanding entropy.

 


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