Go on to the next article / content Gravity and the Thermodynamics of Human Economy and Existence The prerequisitions of life The physical order of the material world The source and the sink Fast forward to life on Earth You cannot short-circuit a thermodynamic process and then expect it to go on A perhaps clearer summary of the above A Second Opinion The prerequisitions of life " What an organism feeds upon is negative entropy. ... Thus the device by which an organism maintains itself stationary at a fairly high level of he orderliness (=fairly low level of entropy) really consists continually sucking orderliness from its environment. ... An organism's astonishing gift of concentrating a 'stream of order' on itself and thus escaping that the decay into atomic chaos - of 'drinking orderliness' from a suitable environment - seems to be connected with the presence of the '
Something to think about... Note that the end speed seems not to change, therefore the second law / conservation of energy is not violated - but somewhere along the way, the effect of gravity shortens the overall time, thus increasing the overall speed (though the actual distance of travel also increased as well), so that the sphere with the longest way to travel paradoxically hits the target first . This works even in repetition: Now imagine the opposite - a cannon ball shot (or a rock hurled) straight up into the air, to fall down exactly where it was: the distance is zero (or, if you miss, very short), but time did pass - and the speed of the projectile was much higher than can be inferred from that resulting 'distance'; in fact, the higher its velocity, the more time passes until it's return, and the slower or lower the resulting overall speed (remember that the trajectory of any missile on earth is always longer than the actual dist