On the Irreversible Journey of Matter, Life and Human Culture

Diederik Aerts, Massimiliano Sassoli De Bianchi

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Following in the footsteps of Schrödinger, we propose a unified view of matter, life and human culture, with particular emphasis on the role played by the second law of thermodynamics and the primordial matter–antimatter separation. In doing so, we highlight the fragility of ‘construction’ (order) and the robustness of ‘destruction’ (chaos), when they locally and contextually face each other within a same reality layer, and the power of ‘construction’ versus the weakness of ‘destruction’, when they oppose each other at the global historical level, which is a result of the irreversible choices that were made by ‘matter, life and human culture’ in the course of their evolution.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication From Electrons to Elephants and Elections
EditorsShyam Wuppuluri, Ian Stewart
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-92192-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-92191-0
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Publication series

NameThe Frontiers Collection


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