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30 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 08 April 2008 07:40AM

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Comment author: Caledonian2 09 April 2008 11:09:01AM 1 point [-]

The photon had some entropy. If it vanishes with no effect, that entropy is gone.

So what? That has nothing to do with the Second Law, which describes how closed systems become disordered, probabilistically speaking.

The system Eliezer described 1) is not closed, 2) does not have an increase in order as a result of the photon disappearing. The amount of 'available work' in fact decreases as a result of that loss - which doesn't contradict the Second Law at all.