After all this time, I still don't know what abstract concept is the perfect opposite of Life. Assuming there even is one, which I kind of doubt.
Opposites are NOT obvious, because they require PERFECT understanding of a concept. And even that may not be enough.
What's the opposite of Morality? Not immorality! It's Societal Catastrophe. What's the opposite of Justice? Catastrophe. Really simple and obvious if pointed out to you. Impenetrable otherwise.
What's the opposite of Equity? I don't know. In fact, I don't really understand Equity. Not by my conception of Understanding anyways. If anyone knowns the opposite of Equity ...
Annealing means 'general optimization'. In that sense, I do have a perfect understanding of it. But I'm still not sure what its opposite is. Dislocations? Defects? Discontinuities? What is the abstract concept that encompasses all three?
The formal definition of life tells us Life has three sub-concepts:
- using energy
- enough complexity
- maintains internal order
The first one of those is a simple concept with no opposite. The other two are both complex concepts with opposites.
Now, if you invert say uses energy, then you have stasis pods and hibernation. Whereas if you invert just maintains internal order then you've got death. But either way that's 1.0 out of 2.5 inversions.
If you invert uses energy and maintains internal order then you've got undeath. Which is 1.5 out of 2.5 inversions.
If you invert maintains internal order and complexity, then you've got pathology. That's 2.0 out of 2.5 inversions.
But if you invert ALL THREE ... what the fuck do you get?
If Monotony is the opposite of Stimulation, then what's the opposite of Creativity?
The formal definition of creativity is something along the lines of 'sudden compression of living representation' if this helps any.
Consider these explorations of concept-space for those interested in playing at the Pure Ideas meta-level of Perspective. The most rigorous and formal part of philosophy which philosophers are blind to and overwhelmingly incapable of. No mere philosophy this. Yet far more necessary for mental development than the sum total of all philosophy.