Posted: Jun 25, 2019 10:04 am
by Spearthrower
romansh wrote:
Spearthrower wrote:
Ask it another way: what's the energy gradient inherent in the system of a deck of cards? Where's the disequilibrium?

For the purposes of this discussion the "disequilibrium" is in the sorter and shuffler.

Then, as I noted above, we're not just talking about the pack of cards anymore - the system isn't isolated. The shuffler's introducing energy, the shuffler gets their energy from eating, the food gets its energy from chemistry and sunlight and so on.

The thing about metaphors is that they're meant to help elucidate, and if you find they're obfuscating then they should be dropped immediately.

Recall, the idea you originally posed was a pack of cards arranged by suit and order or a shuffled pack, i.e. the action had already happened.