The definition of Entropy (unrelated to physics) is, in a nutshell, something unexpectedly going off course, away from what was planned, and into chaos. It is a gradual decline into disorder.
This connects to the famous symbol of yin and yang, which derives from Taoism, one of the schools within ancient Chinese religion and philosophy. It is balanced and proportionate, implying oneness, peacefulness, and harmony. As a circle, there is constant flux and change but as seen, neither half dominates the other.
The yin’s (black) attributes among many are night, inward, dark, feminine, elderly, moon, etc. while the yang (white) is sun, sky, light, young, life, masculine, vibrant, open, etc.
The dots display the possibility of transformation, for when the circumstances of life appear certain, everything can turn upside down - and surprisingly quickly. On the contrary, just when catastrophe and chaos consume our world and all seems lost, order can and will emerge from it.
When yin is the cause of imbalance, chaos emerges and the conditions within our life go awry. Put simply, events take a turn for the worst. Contrarily, yang brings order, where the conditions in our life are certain, stable, preferable, and go according to plan. Too much of either is unhealthy. Too much order of yang causes tyranny and stultification since all becomes excessively one-sided and too predictable.
The symbol does more than represent the sophisticated dualities of life and the importance of balance and moderation. Tao, which translates to ‘way’, is to be found on the border between the two halves. For Taoists, it is seen as the divine Way and the path of life which they strive to stay on. The same idea is noticeable in Christianity - In John 14:6, Christ refers to himself as the way,
the truth and the life. Matthew 7:14: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
The album uses Alzheimer’s disease to demonstrate the symbol’s ideology of fluctuation between yin and yang. During which, a senior misinterprets the hallucinations caused by severe Dementia for a psychedelic experience.
The artwork depicts the duality with neurons connecting the two halves. On the left is a brain as a sustained liquid with neurons connecting to the disease on the right. It is order into chaos. Mixing the two halves together produces purple, the color that represents awareness for Alzheimer’s disease.