“Nothing is real and we cannot say anything about what things are doing when we are not looking at them.” This is a working rule of quantum physics. In effect, “Something has to be observed to be real.” But we’re faulty viewers who can only see ‘big things’ within a very limited spectrum of light & we have a tendency to misinterpret what we observe.
“In all natural processes the entropy of the world increases.” This is the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics. Entropy is the measure of disorder in a process (system) or energy lost due to a lack of equilibrium. In effect, all natural processes will degenerate into disorder and energy loss. I have a tendency to interpret things philosophically, but isn’t this a perfect description of the world which we’ve created?
We seem to be organized. We have telecommunications, public transit, international flights, global positioning systems, the Internet, etc. We keep a mass of complex schedules meshed together and running relatively smoothly. But if we were to put this ‘high-energy’ system slightly out of balance (remove public transit or radar, for instance) – the system would quickly degenerate into chaos and the result would be energy loss (slowing down).
If we were to put the system seriously out of whack (i.e. remove electricity – shutting down all organizing systems) and the system would collapse in an astronomical instant, which is marginally longer than an earthly instant!
Don’t worry about it, though. According to the 2nd Law – the breakdown I write of is inevitable. It WILL happen.
I know not, but the more we rely on technology we do not fully understand, the more susceptible we are to chaos.
Think about your life…what do you do that does not require some form of electricity (energy)? Reading in the sunlight? Where did the paper come from? What about the ink and the binding? Going for a walk? You need energy (calories) to do that. Are you growing your own food? Probably not. The current oil to calorie ratio is something like 10:1. It takes 10 units of fuel to produce 1 unit of caloric (food) energy. So that walk you thought was free, is not.
We cannot do anything without some source of fuel energy. The entire system is built upon it.
That little Y2K scare was a warm up.