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Technical Report: UTEP-CS-19-98


It is well known that, according to the second law of thermodynamics, the entropy of a closed system increases (or at least stays the same). In many situations, this increase is the smallest possible. The corresponding minimum entropy production principle was first formulated and explained by a future Nobelist Ilya Prigogine. Since then, many possible explanations of this principle appeared, but all of them are very technical, based on complex analysis of differential equations describing the system's dynamics. Since this phenomenon is ubiquitous for many systems, it is desirable to look for a general system-based explanation, explanation that would not depend on the specific technical details. Such an explanation is presented in this paper.