Richard Gregory

Richard Gregory nsIn animate thermodynamics, Richard Langton Gregory (1923-2010) was a British neuropsychologist noted for 1981 book Mind in Science: a History of Explanations in Psychology and Physics, in which, after going into a bit of the history of entropy, thermodynamics, Maxwell’s demon, and other related topics, he reasons that: “somehow living organisms including plants [have] succeed[ed] in reducing their entropy.” [1] A typical work-cited passage from Gregory’s book is: [2]

Time’s arrow given by entropy—the loss of organization, or loss of temperature differences—is statistical and it is subject to local small-scale reversals. Most strikingly: life is a systematic reversal of entropy, and intelligence creates structures and energy differences against the supposed ‘death’ through entropy of the physical universe.”

Gregory seems to have been influenced by German physicist Hermann Helmholtz who he views as the founder of the science of perception. [3]

See also
Human entropy

1. Gregory, Richard L. (1981). Mind in Science: a History of Explanations in Psychology and Physics (keyword: Entropy, pgs. 136-50). Weidenfeld and Nicolson.
2. Dennett, Daniel C. (1996). Darwin’s Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life (pg. 69). Simon and Schuster.
3. Anon. (2008). “One on One with Richard Gregory”, The Psychologist, Vol. 21, No 6., June, pg 569.

External links
Richard Gregory – curriculum vitae.
Richard Gregory – Wikipedia.

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