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"As entropy increases, the universe, and all closed systems in the universe, tend naturally to deteriorate and lose their distinctiveness, to move from the least to the most probable state,  from a state of organization and differentiation in which distinctions  and forms exist, to a state of internal linkchaosHail Eris!and sameness. In Gibbs' universe order is least probable, chaos most probable. But while the universe  as a whole, tends to run down, there are local enclaves of whose  direction seems opposed to that of the universe at large and in which  there is a limited and temporary tendency for organization to  increase. Life finds its home in these enclaves. It is with this point  of view at its core that the new science of internal linkCybernetics began its  development."

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Norbert Wiener


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"As communicators (of any type) and as communicatees (of any  type), about all that we can do, as Norbert Wiener suggest in  _The Human Use of Human Beings_atomjacked inventory cache (1954), is to try to create  "islands of decreasing entropy," where messages retain or gain, rather than lose, data."
-J.C. Merrel, John Lee, E.J. Friedlander, Modern Mass Media (on  message entropy)


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Extropy, according to the official Extropian Principles (version 2.5), is "a measure of intelligence, internal linkinformation, energy, vitality, experience, diversity, opportunity, and capacity for growth." Extropianism, then, is "the philosophy that seeks to increase extropy."

The principles themselves are five in number: Boundless Expansion, Self-Transformation, Dynamic Optimism, Intelligent Technology, and Spontaneous Order. They make up the handy Extropian acronym: BEST DO IT SO!
  

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The thinkers who have best explored the internal linkmetaphysical implications of this idea are neither mystics nor information scientists. Rather, they have been internal linkscience fiction writers such as internal linkThomas Pynchoninternal linkPhilip K. Dickinternal linkIsaac Asimov, and Michael Moorcock. The essence of this mystical view could be summarized as follows: the universe is a living, self-internal linkevolving, multidimensional system. Where the internal linkflow of information is restricted and narrowed (closed systems), entropy and degeneration set in; within open systems which receive energy and information transfers from outside, "dissipative structures" actually expel entropy, raise improbability, and promote complexity); the importance of information is ultimately to make the universe self-aware and overcome its own inevitable entropic "heat death."
  
Philip K. Dick Fila Brazilia - Luck Be A Weirdo tonight CD on Twentythree (1997)


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"I enjoy being human but I am not content." -  Max More.


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