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A universe of information

posted by Jason Kottke   Mar 29, 2010

Perhaps the framework of the Universe is information and that forces like gravity are emergent phenomena.

Verlinde suggested that gravity is merely a manifestation of entropy in the Universe. His idea is based on the second law of thermodynamics, that entropy always increases over time. It suggests that differences in entropy between parts of the Universe generates a force that redistributes matter in a way that maximises entropy. This is the force we call gravity.

I’m a sucker for would-be GUTs; this one seems especially interesting to consider.