Time's Arrow by Martin Amis

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Time's Arrow by Martin Amis

The human being is an analytical creature. From scientists to philosophers to star-crossed teenaged lovers, the human is internally motivated to understand the world around him. That world provides countless puzzles for the human to solve, whether these puzzles lie in the forests of the heart, the laws of mathematics or the annals of history. However, some of the most unfathomable aspects of this world have been entirely created by humans. The Holocaust is one of the most unfathomable events in human history. Countless documentaries, pieces of literature, psychological analyses and films have explored the topic in an attempt to understand exactly how humans could commit such terrible atrocities against
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S. Eddington awarded the second law of thermodynamics "the supreme position among the laws of Nature" since it alone was responsible for what he was the first to call "time's arrow"… The directionality of time that results from entropy's increase, Eddington points out, is intimately installed in our awareness of ourselves in the world, confirmed by human reason, and dependent upon the fact that there are multiple parts to be organized or disordered (Menke, 970).

Therefore, Eddington claims that the directionality of time is inherently within the human awareness. Human beings are essentially rational creatures who have an inborn need to make sense of the ever-increasing disorder in the world around them. We use the constant forward linear march of time to establish order in a disordered universe in which entropy continually increases.

The Holocaust threatens our attempts to maintain this illusion of order. The extermination at Nazi camps like Auschwitz was at the same time the most entropic and ordered event in all of human history. Never before had death, destruction, and the process of dehumanization (all

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