I am fascinated by the relationship between entropy and life. From the Wikipedia article of that name, to the science fiction series "Three Body Problem" characterizing human-like lifeforms across the universe as simply 'low entropy beings'. However, entropy can be a tricky concept to grasp my mind around (I am an earth scientist, not pure physicist, by training). So I come to ask: does the act of organizing information (e.g. categorizing or identifying patterns) reduce entropy?
My understand is yes, because 'organizing information' is creating information about information, and the creation of information (or 'knowledge'?) reduces the randomness of (or at least uncertainty about) the states of things.
This question could seem ambiguous or nonsensical since entropy is used in a thermodynamic sense and an information science sense, and I'm asking about changes in information but am not necessarily asking about information entropy only. Citing sci-fi might not help, but I think this has a sound basis even if it's far out: consider the concept of humanoids being 'low entropy beings'. Humans in particular and life in general does seem to reduce entropy locally, at the least by simply keeping a warm body and therefore working to prevent the entropy of one's body from increasing. In that context - thermodynamic entropy in the physics of life - does the act of gaining knowledge (organizing information) reduce entropy? Again I'd think yes, in a simplest sense because when I have information organized I can spend more of my energy on actually doing work efficiently.