Old Weird Friend
I had a friend way back in college who worked at 7-11.
This guy was a real weirdo.
This guys said his favorite part was stocking the fridge.
Secret Break Time
That this was a place he could escape from the customers and relax.
But then later, this guy told me and real reason he liked going in the fridge.
And how he thought that some people were going to find out what was really going on here.
Ideal Gas Law
An interesting part of science is the Ideal Gas Law.
This is something that people have been interested in for a long time.
It’s very easy to watch this, and understand this from the external view point.
Simple Observable Variables
It’s based on pressure, and volume, and temperature, and some other numbers based on the gas.
It’s the simple idea that drives combustion engines.
The volume of the piston cylinder stays the same.
Make The Car Go
But when the spark plug ignites the fuel, the temperature increases.
Because the volume is the same, and the temperature increases, the pressure increases.
This increase in pressure drives the piston, which turns the crankshaft which turns the wheels.
I have a friend who teaches kindergarten.
She says her favorite part is when they go to the park.
When the kids are in the classroom, they are very well behaved.
When they walk from the school to the park, they are very well behaved.
When the get to the park however, this well behaved system suddenly explodes into chaos.
Entropy Is Confusing
One of the most brain bending aspects of science is the second law of thermodynamics.
The one that says entropy will increase in a closed system.
One way to describe this is that the disorder will tend to increase disorder over time.
But that’s only a metaphor.
All Based On Probabilities
In reality, the definition of an increase in entropy is an increase in the number of possible states any configuration a system can exist in.
For example, if you have ten coins, all heads, that has very low entropy.
There is only one way that system of ten coins can be all heads.
On the other hand, if you have half heads and half tails, that has a lot of entropy.
More Variations Means More Entropy
Because there are many variations of that ten coin system that can have half heads and half tails.
Some say that the flow of entropy is related to the flow of time.
Some say that the flow of entropy IS the flow if time.
After all, what is time but a way to measure how a system evolves?
One Way Memories
Some say that entropy can be used to describe why we can remember the past, but we can’t remember the future.
The future represents a state that our current brain hasn’t yet been encoded with yet.
Events that have yet to come in through our senses, and re-configure our neural network with those events.
Information and entropy are highly related.
But information doesn’t necessarily require people.
Information can exist on it’s own.
Entropy can be used theoretically to explain why the ideal gas law does what it does.
Apples Hitting Heads
Thinking in terms of macro physics, this makes perfect sense.
But that’s only because our brains have evolved to see the relationship between pressure, volume and temperature as naturally doing what it is they do.
But when you want to derive the ideal gas law, you must use statistics that assume each particle in the system doesn’t know there are any other particles.
So when you open a can of whip cream, for example, all the gas rushes out NOT because the individual gas particles want to get away from each other.
I Don’t Like This Tiny Space
It’s just the probability of each gas particle being in that small, confined space is very, very low.
The probability of each particle being more or less evenly spread out in a much larger space is much greater.
Essentially, nature will revert to a state that has more entropy.
Or a collection of particles will naturally spread out, increasing the entropy, whenever any artificial restraints are removed.
Through The Turnstile
When they go through the opening, one by one, they all go to different areas.
Some go that way, others go that way.
When they are constrained, they behave a certain way.
When they are unconstrained, they behave a different way.
Chaotic Increase In Playfulness
That’s why she loves taking them to the park.
Because once they go through the gate, they suddenly smile, and start running.
Because they all want to go to a different part of the park.
After all, nobody likes standing in line.
The Secret Cooler Escape Plan
Finally he told me why he likes going into the cooler.
Not only can he take his time restocking the shelves, but he also takes hits off the whip cream bottle.
They use nitrous oxide, which is also known as laughing gas.
Brain Fading Chemical
And then this gets into his brain, he suddenly fades.
He momentarily forgets everything.
Huh? Where Am I?
This is like taking a mental break when, for a brief moment, nothing really makes this.
It’s like this is a temporary detachment from reality.
But then people would come in and complain that the whip cream they bought doesn’t come out when you push the button.
I mean, what’s the point of having a can of whip cream if the whip cream only wants to stay in the can?
Mind Persuasion has plenty of books and courses to teach you how to speak hypnotically and persuasively.