Brian Greene

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In existographies, Brian Greene (8- AE) (1963- ACM) (SPE 2014:34)[1] is an American physicist, mathematician, string theorist, and philosopher, noted for []

Overview

In 2020, Greene, in his Until the End of Time: Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe.[2] The following is a Q&A synopsis of his book:

“The beauty of the second law of thermodynamics is that while it stipulates that the overall amount of disorder has to increase [incorrect], little pockets of order can form so long as, in the process, they create enough disorder in the surrounding environment to compensate. For stars and planets, we can establish that the formation process discards enough waste and disorder to the surrounding environment that the overall disorder goes up. Indeed, we humans are contraptions that squeeze out the disorder that is locked inside of matter. We eat things, we breathe, and when we metabolize all that we take in, we use it to create our internal order, to grow bigger, stronger and so forth, but in the process we release enough heat and waste so that the overall disorder balance sheet is totally in the direction of disorder.”
— Brian Greene (2020), Reply to query: “In your [2020] book, you talk about the rising disorder – the increasing entropy – of the universe, and how that shapes its future. If the universe is becoming more and more disordered, why do stars, planets and people form?” [3]

Here, we see Green parroting out the "local entropy decrease"[4] models of the 1940s; specifically, he regurgites Norbert Wiener:

“Certain analogies of behavior are observed between the machine and the living organism, the problem as to whether the machine is alive or not is, for our purposes, semantic … if we use the word ‘life’ to cover all phenomena which locally swim upstream against the current of entropy, we are at liberty to do so; however, we shall then include many astronomical phenomena … it is my opinion, therefore, best to avoid all question-begging epithets such as ‘life’, ‘soul’, ‘vitalism’, and the like, and say merely that machines [and] human beings [are] pockets of decreasing entropy in a framework in which the large entropy tends to increase.”
Norbert Wiener (1950), The Human Uses of Human Beings [5]

Correctly, Greene, while notable for being an "atheistic thermodynamicist", would be advised to re-calibrate with Norman Dolloff (1975), so to get his game up to speed.

Religion

In 2011, Greene described himself as an "accommodationist atheist".[6] More recently, he has, supposedly, come out more franking in his belief that there is no god

Quotes

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The following are quotes by Greene:

“I see a division between the two cultures insofar as society has willfully allowed people to be okay about not knowing science, but has not allowed them to be okay about not knowing humanities and art. I think that is one of the major barriers that we need to tear down in order that science take its rightful place in the culture alongside music, art, theatre, dance, literature as something that you cannot dispense with [if you want to] consider yourself educated [and] engaged in the world conversation. And slowly, I think, that will happen.”
— Brian Greene (2011), response to query: “Do you see a division or antagonism between the cultures of the sciences and humanities?” [6]

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References

  1. Smartest person alive (existive) (2014) – Hmolpedia 2020.
  2. Greene, Brian. (2020). Until the End of Time: Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe. Publisher.
  3. Sample, Ian. (2020). “Physicist Brian Greene: Factual Information is Not the Right Yard Stick for Religion”, The Guardian, Feb 8.
  4. Local entropy decrease – Hmolpedia 2020.
  5. Wiener, Norbert. (1950). The Human Uses of Human Beings: Cybernetics and Society (pockets, pg. 32). Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Rosaler, Josh. (2011). “An Interview with Brian Greene”, The Oxonian Review, Apr 4.

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