Journal paper


Visible to the public Causal Entropic Forces _ Alex Wissner-Gross

Recent advances in fields ranging from cosmology to computer science have hinted at a possible deep connection between intelligence and entropy maximization, but no formal physical relationship between them has yet been established. Here, we explicitly propose a first step toward such a relationship in the form of a causal generalization of entropic forces that we find can cause two defining behaviors of the human ''cognitive niche''--tool use and social cooperation--to spontaneously emerge in simple physical systems.