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interesting ex-dude. look at the references.
we are biased to be biased---boyd and richerson (culture and the evolutionary process), or donald ludwig (SIAM Rev around 1977)---though the second law of thermodynamics seems to contradict mechanics (microscopic theory) due to coarse graining, a non-conservative, dissipative, irreversible process can be mapped into a hamiltonian/lagrangian formalism (see also R Graham (germany), Eyink (JHU), etc.), or Shalizi (3-toathed sloth blog at CMU).