Re: Pizza Example

From: Anthony W. Youngman <>
Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2004 23:35:59 +0100
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In message <94dic.11396$>, Eric Kaun <> writes
>"Anthony W. Youngman" <> wrote in message
>> Let's decompose the real world into its fundamental particles. Ooops ...
>> we've suddenly lost cause-and-effect !
>And yet most systems, including operating systems, add power and flexibility
>by ignoring cause and effect - or more particularly, by coupling them as
>loosely as possible. Perhaps the same doesn't apply to information, but
>perhaps it does.
>> There is a limit to lossless decomposition - quantum mechanics says so.
>I thought entropy said so? Besides, it still depends on what you're losing.


It's quantum. If there's a quanta of change then entropy says you've lost information :-)
>- erk

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