Competition LO18033

Mnr AM de Lange (
Fri, 8 May 1998 13:44:10 GMT+2

Replying to LO17997 --

Dear Organlearners,

"Winfried Dressler" <> writes:

> I feel, that competition is closely related to At's essentiality
> "quantity-limit".

Winfried, you are quite right. We should never forget to distinguish
between "form" (syntaxis, mechanics, feminity) and "content" ( sematics,
dynamics, masculinity).

The seven essentialities have to do with the form or mechanics of any
creative act (even organisational management). Entropy production gas
to do with the content or dynamics of the creative act.

The dynamics of competition is intended to increase entropy
production by setting up an entropic force (tension) between the
competing systems. (Entropy is produced by force-flux pairs.)

The trouble starts when the edge of chaos has been reached. If a
constructive emergence cannot happen (because one or more of the
essentialities are impaired), a destructive immergence will happen.
Those who favour competition, think of the possible emergences. Those
who are against competition, think of the possible immergences.

Without saying too much on the essentiality "quantit-limit"
(spareness), because we will come to this essentiality in our series.
The mechanics of competition is intended to drive a certain
quantifiable property to its limit. The idea is to ensure that this
property do not prevet emergences.

The trouble starts when we do not know that there are basically two
kinds of meaurable properties, extensive (scalable) and intensive
(nonscalable). The intensive properties mau give rise to entropic
forces. (The extensive properties give rise to entropic fluxes.) By
increasing one intensive property of a system and not the others,
unwanted changes may be induced in the others. (It happens in
physical systems by what is known as the Onsager reciprocal
relationships.) For example, a craving for success in a particular
property (say leadership) may induce other cravings (sex, drugs,

Best wishes


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