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The second law of thermodynamics, versus matter and gravity.

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If the second law of thermodynamics states that energy spontaneously disorganizes, my question is this:

Doesn't matter, by virtue of gravity, spontaneously organize?

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If the second law of thermodynamics states that energy spontaneously disorganizes, my question is this:

Doesn't matter, by virtue of gravity, spontaneously organize?

It's not "energy" that "disorganizes", but leaving that aside, thermodynamics deals with average behavior of large numbers of particles with a distribution of kinetic energy. If that kinetic energy dominates the gravitational potential energy then the particles will not be attracted into a static configuration, which is apparently what you mean by matter "organizing", but rather follow the Maxwell-Boltzmann statistics.

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If the second law of thermodynamics states that energy spontaneously disorganizes, my question is this:

Doesn't matter, by virtue of gravity, spontaneously organize?

The 2LOT says that in a closed thermodynamic system entropy will tend toward a maximum.

Bob Kolker

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