Emotional and Intellectual Challenges
Fast Entropy and History Dynamics tend to conjure up emotions that make it difficult to objectively evaluate either. In addition, the way our brains are wired provide additional intellectual challenges. Such include:
- People have a subconcious tendency to fight the idea of constraints. This may be the instinctive drive to fight oneself free of the jaws of prehistoric predators.
- It is natural for people to selectively accept evidence that supports preconceived notions while rejecting evidence that conflicts with those notions.
- People dislike pain, and new ideas often require painful effort to learn or adjust to.
- People have difficulty with intermediate timeframes. Our brains thow things into categories of time such as now, soon, forever. Thus we naturally resist considering multi-century historical processes.
A solution is to recognize one's emotions when encountering a new idea, and then account for that emotional bias when evaluating the new idea. Such an approach is strongly recommended when viewing the remainder of this site.
The more you hate this approach, the more you need to be using it.
The Principle of Fast Entropy states that systems will configure themselves to maximize their rate of entropy production. This can be clearly demonstrated in simple physical systems, and substantial evidence exists for this tendency in more complex systems. Also known as the e th Law of Thermodynamics, a more precise definition of Fast Entropy is provided on this site.
To be alive, an organism must produce entropy. Even plants produce entropy by consuming sunlight. Fast Entropy drives systems to produce entropy more quickly. Since life, intelligence and civilization act as mechanisms to increase the rate of entropy production, the emegence of such mechanisms if favored by Fast Entropy and thus by the physical universe. Life and civilization did not occur by accident but are natural consequences of fast entropy.
Since society is made of living people and their machines, a measure of the activity of a society is its entropy production.
History Dynamics is a physical science of society being developed to help humanity meet the unprecedented challenges it is facing.