Suzana Herculano-Houzel

More of something good is not necessarily better

The leap of logic here should be obvious, but it is obviously not, for most people fall easily for this pitfall: the fact that a bit of something can be good does not at all mean that more of that will be even better. And yes, that applies to even the blandest, most harmless of…...

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My kitchen tends toward maximal entropy

Kitchen Entropy

My favorite definition of life is a system that, thanks to metabolism (cycles of transfer of energy and matter) and self-organization, is capable of keeping itself at a dynamic equilibrium away from the ultimate equilibrium: maximal entropy, or total disorder. My kitchen, like everything else in life, also tends inexorably towards maximal entropy – and […]

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