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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %GARBAGE WASTE CHAOS ENTROPY LIMIT HONEST VALUE 911225 Each living organism depends upon its environment for food, water, air, etc. Each living organism must take in parts of its environment, and inevitably return waste products to its environment. No living organism can long survive without getting rid of its waste. Waste management is essential to continued life. It is futile to pretend otherwise. The more waste which is generated, the greater are the dilemmas of waste management. The amount of waste which is generated is often proportional to the "standard of living" as traditionally measured in terms of consumption of manufactured goods, possessions, and values. All manufacturing is subject to the Second Law of Thermodynamics. Within ISOLATED SYSTEMS the amount of entropy remains constant, or increases. Each manufacturing process generates waste, garbage, entropy and chaos; and must export not only the desirable projects for profit, but also must export the waste, garbage, entropy and chaos. No manufacturing process can survive within an isolated system. As the human population increases in both numbers and in expectations regarding consumptive standards of living, the human population increases in its rate of generation of waste, garbage, entropy and chaos; and must ultimately make provision for exporting all of the latter into interstellar space in the form of infra-red waste radiation. This inevitably entails the reduction in the concentration of available energy, from concentrated forms of energy to dilute forms of energy; e.g., from solar energy, coal, oil, natural gas, uranium, and hydrogen nuclei to low-grade waste heat energy. On a finite planet which radiates waste heat energy out into interstellar space at a rate which is proportional to the fourth power of its average absolute temperature of the planet, the rate of export of waste, garbage, entropy and chaos into inter-stellar space ultimately depends upon the average temperature of the planet. Thus there are limits to the "standard of living" and the number of people on the planet. Such consideration also intrude upon human efforts to increase human information, knowledge and understanding. Inevitably there is garbage generated in such efforts; for such efforts also may be described in part by the Second Law of Thermodynamics, for they entail physical processes. Much of what is initially regarded as useful information, in time becomes garbage information in the sense that it is much less important than other information. The process of information management may helpfully be regarded from time to time, as the process of garbage management. Ultimately some records must be thrown away. Information records cannot perpetually increase in extent according to an exponential growth pattern. Information is stored in physical structures. Exponential growth of information ultimately must be reflected in exponential growth of physical structures which contain the information. The management of information garbage becomes a dilemma long before the extent of the physical structures become a real technical problem. No technical procedures will resolve the dilemma of information garbage management in the face of exponential growth of information. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================