Blind to Wholeness LO29682

From: AM de Lange (
Date: 12/09/02

Replying to LO29671 --

Dear Organlearners,

Dan Chay <> writes:

>I think you would chuckle at my amateur steigerungs. For me
>it's been eons since I wondered to you on this list "How many
>forms of energy are there?" <G> I now suspect there are more
>forms than scientists are measuring.

Greetings dear Dan,

No, i do not chuckle, but laugh with sheer delight. For someone who had
little formal training in the natural sciences, you are doing
exceptionally good. Your desire in increasing your "wholeness of
knowledge" is an inspiring example.

Yes, you are right that there are more forms of energy than scientists are
measuring. When one explores a complex system like a soil, the number of
forms, all interacting with each other, are baffling.

>Due some recent stimulations, I've been thinking about
>rearranging this expression,
>S =(E-F)/T
>E = F + TS,
>and thinking about it as
>E = p_1E + p_2E + p_3E + ... + TS
>Where "the p_iE's are 'portion' functions that indicate that
>energy goes into various forms, including that inevitable form
>as bound energy TS." (T = temperature, S = entropy,
>F = free energy)
>Does this make any sense to you?

Yes, very much. Actually, Gibbs derived the expression E = F + TS. I
merely changed it into S =(E-F)/T to indicate that the total energy E of a
system minus its free energy F, i.e., the fixed energy, is related to the
entropy S as a measure of the system's organisation.

Should you not have written
"p_1E + p_2E + p_3E"
"p_1F + p_2F + p_3F"?
What you may be thinking here of, is the potential (p) of free energy F
to explore different routes (1, 2, 3, ..) of development, depending on
the conditions in the surroundings. A sense of wholeness helps the
system to follow the best path among them.

>Say, all of you, I haven't yet been able to get ahold of the
>book "The Prize" by Daniel Yergin, but yesterday and the
>day before I watched the 8-part PBS/Nova series. I found
>the first seven parts a fascinating and timely history of US
>involvement in the Middle East: a story of
>organization-addiction (OA), two words, one meaning. I
>look forward to reading the book.

I like this term OA. It was definitely the case with the old apartheid
government and its clandestine projects into the rest of Southern Africa.
It designed some organisations to protect itself and those organisations
eventually had to justify their existence with such clandestine projects.
I think that when an organisation begins to justify its existence, it is a
symptom of OA. The worst is the leaders of such organisations. They
radiate an aura of fanaticism.

With care and best wishes


At de Lange <> Snailmail: A M de Lange Gold Fields Computer Centre Faculty of Science - University of Pretoria Pretoria 0001 - Rep of South Africa

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