For days, I thought I would never be able to get an academic post up. Now that I finally have one, I realised it was legal to brag. Sigh! The post-lunch lull really got to me. So without further ado (read as letting me be a prick) read on and leave your comments below! 🙂
Cybernetics has involved over the years and the method of consumption of information at large has dynamically transformed the way we think, behave and rationalize. Though evolution may have played a role in this entire process, it is the external stimuli that has impacted us significantly. In specific, the procedure by which humans exert control over themselves and study themselves and their psychology is a gamut of the umbrella under which Cybernetics falls under.
As written by a co-blogger, “the idea of Cybernetics is what is proposed originally in 1948 by the American mathematician Norbert Wiener as a science of control and communication in the animal and the machine.” So how does this still help us in today’s era? Humans don’t work in silos, they work in a system-based approach, as part of the whole genus. This classification may throw some light on the psychological or biological entropy and thermodynamical anarchy that we face. It is interesting to note that our wiring in our brains, made up of thousands of neurons and dendrites has a very significant impact on the way we perceive and analyze things, which has the capability to even alter the medium in which our future generations to think.
This leaves us wondering what entropy is in the first place, and how could it possibly have an effect on humans. Wikipedia defines entropy as “a measure of the number of specific ways in which a thermodynamic system may be arranged, commonly understood as a measure of disorder. According to the second law of thermodynamics the entropy of an isolated system never decreases; such a system will spontaneously proceed towards thermodynamic equilibrium, the configuration with maximum entropy. Systems that are not isolated may decrease in entropy, provided they increase the entropy of their environment by at least that same amount.” In essence, entropy is something as simple as the deterioration or decay of energy which is necessary to perform any task. There are different forms of entropy and various applications and determinants of the same with respect to how the entire world is operating, on a massive scale. There have been numerous studies suggesting the impending doom of the ‘heat death’ where it has been projected that the Universe will die a natural death on account of the increasing entropy it is pushed with.
The world renowned physicist Schrodinger explained as an addendum in his book ‘What is life’ that he had been studying what negentropy was and what it meant to the world at large. He says, “If I had been catering for them [physicists] alone I should have let the discussion turn on free energy instead. It is the more familiar notion in this context. But this highly technical term seemed linguistically too near to energy for making the average reader alive to the contrast between the two things.” As much as this was a revolutionary idea put forth by him, it has taken to mean different things with the rapid advancement of science.
So, is there nothing we can do at all to prevent the cause of our own race being extinguished? Are we indeed a closed system after all? Enough research has been moving past the years with whirring speed, stirring innumerable controversies and raising diabolic viewpoints. The driving point behind this whole issue was how well we as humans respond to the stimuli we are surrounded with. Cybernetics will be of great merit and contribute significantly to the understanding of our reasoning and its correlation with the whole transformation of energy across paradigms. Numerous research is going to keep coming our way which fundamentally affects how we constantly view ourselves. Until then, it’s just the surmise that the world will not collapse on our heads as we keep running!