damping and amplification

referring to either the extraction or injection of energy into a reactive system, to either decrease or increase the reaction’s core tendencies, respectively. When using these terms the changes to the reactive system being described are always in terms of the amount of energy in the system, and not the amount of information contained within it. Though damping may lead to an apparent loss of information and amplification seems to add to or at least change the information in some way, the terms only refer to the change in the amount of energy in the system.

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