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originally posted by: joelr
originally posted by: chr0naut
Entropy does not create variety.
It doesn't print new cards, it only shuffles the pack.
It does create diversity (I've seen it called multiplicity also) as long as there is an entropy increase overall:
This empirical study of the statistical entropy of physiological time series, and of numerical series generated with simple mathematical equations, shows that entropy increases with diversity and with order, rather than with uniformity and disorder. The statistical entropy of data points is a function of their diversity, and the entropy of patterns of data is a function of their order. Physiological data, more complex that mathematical models, had high diversity and intermediate levels of order; thus complexity was not related with either entropy or order. As entropy was measured with the equation that defines it in statistical mechanics and in communication theory, these observations indicate that the current interpretation of entropy as disorder and uniformity is a philosophical overlay that does not stem from the mathematical formulation. We offer an alternative formulation of entropy as a symmetry or equilibrium of opposites. In natural processes, complexity of organization is associated with greater internal production of thermodynamic entropy, suggesting that entropy production may serve as a driving force for evolution, biological function and health, not only for decay, illness and death. This is in contrast to Schrödinger-Prigogine's view of evolution as resulting from a reduction in the internal entropy of living systems.
(PDF) Entropy as diversity and order in living systems. Available from: www.researchgate.net... [accessed Sep 29 2018].