entropy explosion,

an old speculation: as it evolves, a civilization like ours must be raising the level of orderliness in itself and its neighborhood (compare Fluke); by the second law of thermodynamics, this means it vents more and more entropy — chaos, structurelessness, garbage — outwards. Eventually this eruption becomes exponential, the hapless civilization shielded by its own entropic effusion so powerful that communicating with someone on the outside becomes impossible: any signal drowns in the noise. Such fountains of chaos from ancient civilizations might have been a factor in multiverse evolution; this also explains cosmic silence — which isnt so much silence as steady white noise from all directions. ■    The story strikes a guilty nerve: modernitys garbage piles remain vivid in memory, and the summary entropy exhaust of arf and agencies is already measurable; it is the exponential growth part of the scenario — its “old-fashioned extrapolationism” — that is harder to take seriously in our stay-at-home age. A more relevant insight, however, is that growing sophistication is not synonymous with regularity: intelligence doesnt have to incur orderliness, our cherished complexity — often perfectly organic, unpredictable, poemic, an outright hairtangle — is not necessarily an “entropy debt.” Cultures may even show a long-term trend away from detectable order, most visibly in engineering and architecture where (despite backslides such as pattern poisoning) natural randomness, plentiful axial tilts, evolving erase the last of straightness and repetitiveness.

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