The connection between self-organization and decreasing entropy – which
I’ve considered dozens of times before, today gave me an interesting
insight which connects self-organization and sense, which I hope could
contribute to a mathematical appreciation of sense.
It goes like this:* If you can discern increased entropy from decreased
entropy, then there is a greater probability that eventually that
sensitivity will inspire some effect resulting in decreased entropy,*compared
with a system in which absolutely no sensitivity is possible. This
would only be true, however, if said inspiration by sensory affect had a
potential for motive effect.
If we wanted to derive an anthropic principle for sense, we could say that
only the universe in which sense and motive happen to exist and relate to
each other in a sensible, motivating way* will allow the possibility of
any decreasing entropy at all. Without that statistical probability shaking
out to at least one physical actuality, every universe would maximize its
entropy instantaneously (if we assume that a universe without sense could
even exist, which I do not).
What I’m trying to say is that a sensory-motor capacity is the minimum
possible ingredient for any realizable universe – not just because
intuitively the idea of an unsensed universe cannot withstand serious
inspection, but now, with this equivalence of sense-motive and the
possibility of negentropy, it can be understood from a stochastic
perspective. Sense is the only capacity which can shift the odds of
absolute instant entropy from 100% to 100%-ae, where ae is the qualitative
depth of the private sensitivity (a) times the magnitude of its public
effectiveness, (e). The more sensitive a system is to the difference
between increasing and decreasing entropy, the more its efforts will end up
decreasing entropy, even if some sensitivities lead to pathologically
pursue entropy increase. An entity which selectively destroys order is
still more orderly on balance than a non-entity, since its very selectivity
leaves an unintentional trail of coherence.
1. Universes with no sense
2. Universes with impotent sense (affect without effect)
3. Universes with sense but unrelated affect and effect (effect orphaned
from affect is no better than chance, so causes no entropy decrease).
4. Universes with minimally sensible sense (affect overlaps effect, but
only under rare conditions)
5. Universes where strong sensory-motivation (nested consciousness) is
It seems like there is a cutoff between 3 and below and 4 and above, where
the former has no chance to lead to the universe we find ourselves living
in, and the latter has no chance of not leading to 5 eventually.
*i.e., a universe in which care and significance are married to intention
and physical power
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