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Comment author: timtyler 15 June 2012 10:02:53AM *  0 points [-]

Extremum rate principles like MEP have proven very useful for describing the behavior of certain systems, but the extrapolation of the principle into a general law of nature remains hugely speculative. In fact, at this point I think the status of MEP can be described as "not even wrong", because we do not yet have a a rigorous notion of thermodynamic entropy that extends unproblematically to nonequilibrium states.

Entropy and MEP are statistical phenomena. Thermodynamics is an application This has been understood since Boltzmann's era. Most of the associated "controversy" just looks like ignorance to me.

Entropy maximisation in living systems has been around since Lotka 1922. Universal Darwinism applies it to all CAS. Lots of people don't understand it - but that isn't really much of an argument.