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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Life is the ability to turn superabundant energy into organization and complexity. In a word, into a being.
What's the value of the organization in a cell? -- is it more or less than the energy that the cell consumes in it's life?
How many heat units are needed to grow up and feed a man for 80 years? -- Is its life, its being, greater than this energy?
What's the heat cost of an idea? -- can we talk of entropy, or shall we infer that life and organization can generate more "being" than the energy initially provided to the system?

Is the energy of a galaxy just the sum of the energy in its suns, or is its organization in starsystems something more than just that?