One of the goals of this site is to promote the learning and teaching of Synergetics. Fuller believed, and demonstrated, that Synergetics, based on the closest packing of spheres, was the geometric system used by nature. In numerous drawings and illustrations he laid out the characteristics and numerology of such a system. It has been largely overlooked.
One of the shortcomings of the book was the lack of models. Remember, this was long before computer graphics and modelling. We have come along way, with new technologies, and means of distributing knowledge and information, we have the ability to rectify this.
Unfortunately, new ideas aren’t always easily incorporated into an entrenched system of beliefs and changes of this scope rarely come from above. It is far easier to enlighten young people than to try to change their mentors. As a start, I would like to develop a Synergetics Classroom. A place with demonstrations of Synergetic concepts and principles, to discuss the ideas as examples of real, physical concepts we see everyday. Additionally, we would like to provide a “gateway” to approach this fascinating Synergetic Universe we have here from a familiar direction.
The next challenge will be to enlist teachers to learn these basic concepts, to learn to build these models and to distribute these tools which may help to give us a better understanding of this Universe we all inhabit.
As the 21st century dawns, we find ourselves on the brink of what may be mankind’s greatest challenge. Can we, as a species, use the tools we have at our disposal to continue to survive, if not thrive?
In the broad spectrum of information we have available, the data can be interpreted in many ways. On one end of the spectrum we can envision shortages leading to conflicts which, if left unresolved, may continue to spread and escalate to a point of no return which could lead to extinction. Another extreme could have us using technology at our disposal in an environmentally responsible manner while providing humanity with wealth and abundance unthinkable at the moment. While there is also an entire range of choices in-between, I can’t help but believe that the extremes presented are the true choice.
In this work I would like to examine the choices available to us in such a way as to enable each of us to understand that there are, indeed, choices and that each of us has the opportunity to participate in our own evolution in a very real and tangible way.
I would like to state at the outset that all of the ideas presented here are the direct result of my having studied the works of Richard Buckminster Fuller over the past 30 years.
We owe him a lot.
This should become part of a heading called “Mind Messers. ” or something like that. Mull this one over.
Our bodies, indeed, our entire physical world, is made up of “particles” none of which can actually be seen, by-the-way, but which exhibit very definite and consistent patterns of behavior due to largely unknown or misunderstood forces. So, every atom in our bodies which in turn make up the molecules, enzymes, proteins, cells, organs, organ systems etc. are all operating at full tilt; somewhere near the speed of light in some cases. All of that activity supplies blood to my highly evolved (thus far) brain which then uses this computer to write these words which, as soon as they are put down begin to ever so slowly breakdown via entropy into the same randomness from whence they came.
Now, if time’s arrow is the direction of entropy and/or vice versa, what happens to time while I (all those atoms which comprise “me”) am creating via syntropy; making ever more complex devices from the chaos. Does time reverse? Does it pause? Does that creative time ever get “paid back” is some mysterious way?
Perhaps a good analogy is a plant. It takes in the sunlight water and certain minerals and replicates the patterns encrypted in the DNA of its seed to become the fruited plant which we then harvest, breakdown via cooking, chewing and digesting to repeat the process.
I’m putting this out because I find it is triggering many interesting and sometimes conflicting ideas of what we are and what it is, exactly, we are going here. I heard one of the many pundits of evolution say the other day that the purpose of any evolving civilization should be to get off the face of the planet they are evolving on. It’s not a stable place to be. One big solar flare in the wrong direction and puff…there goes earth’s atmosphere. Who cares about the CO2? But, this is the subject for another time. Just consider whether time goes backward if we are being creative. It seems logically that it should. The related physics question (you may remember this one from high school too) says that if an astronaut goes off at the speed of light and his twin brother stays on earth, when the astronaut twin gets back he would be younger because time slows down as your speed increases, hypothetically stopping when you got to the speed of light but, and here’s the tricky part, when the astronaut twin stops won’t the light he has been speeding ahead of catch back up with him? Would he age faster on the return trip or as he slowed down? And, per relativity, how would we know which twin was, in fact, moving and in which direction? All of these questions require incredible kludges and suspensions of disbelief to even begin to make any sense but then strangle in their own complexity.
I think there’s a better, easier and more intuitive way.
It’s called Synergetics.
Fuller starts us out at a place that nicely coincides with the numbers given us by modern physics.
In high school math you may or may not recall the parts about actions and reactions, Newton’s laws, that stuff. The billiard balls and angles. Well, basically we still use these same laws, and, not a whole hell of a lot more. We shoot things at things for US$50 Billion and see how they react. Makes sense in a basically 2 dimensional universe. We can even make it work more or less in a 3 dimensional Universe but let’s have a look at this, shall we?
The billiard balls we are examining are moving about in what appear to be indeterminate patterns. For arguments sake, and a coherent starting place, we’ll call this “space”; Aether, vacuum space, Zero Point Energy, Higgs field, whatever. Seems to be where all the energy is, no matter how you cut it. It’s everywhere and it’s just energy events. Now, let’s take, for a moment, the work of the Russian scientists referenced in David Wilcock’s work which we will use presently to nicely model the toroidal (doughnut shapes) used in Kozyrev’s and, later, Nassim Haramein’s presentations.
Fuller uses the term “energy event” and combines these as action-reaction-resultant. Remember, there aren’t 2 balls on a flat plane but millions all going in different directions. Now, let’s throw in the unprovable, but highly plausible, hypothesis that somehow, consciousness (human or otherwise) can cause these energy events as a disturbance in the counter-rotating layers of this aether. We can even use this model to exhibit where angular momentum (another physics sticking point) may come from.
I’m open to suggestions.
I can now also see how the Up and Down characteristics of physics can relate to the radiant and gravitational aspects of Synergetics giving us the “tunable/untunable” in the form of visible and invisible, perhaps?
Since there is general agreement (scientists, spiritualists, new agers) that time is an illusion, created by the mind, to enable us to comprehend what, by most all accounts, takes place in an instant, we won’t get into the myriad variations here, but start thinking about it.
Though time is an illusion, it still appears very real to us within this physical existence we have chosen. We have entropy as radiation defining time but where does the syntropy come from? Yeah, you know, the thing making the stuff that is breaking down. Does time go backward when we are creating things?
Or could we be dark matter? Consciousness gathering the elemental particles disbursed by entropy and re-knitting them in endless variations?
Considering how physics has buggered with the numbers and re-worked the equations, we should be able to do the same. Only let’s try to be a bit more consistent, shall we?
I was recently sent and watched Nassim Haramein on YouTube. I was really shocked and thrilled to see a Physics Conference discussing the very cosmology I have been working on for the past 50 years, right down to the very models I have created. It was a strange feeling, like hearing Billy Joel singing a song you had written. But, I also realize how this is just an awakening to a new realm of potential research and I do believe all of this must be kept open source.
Upon further review, I got to several of the sites debunking Haramein and his views as expressed in the film/website Thrive, which many of you are probably familiar with. What I did get was that most of the items for which Haramein was attacked could be omitted (I had already) and the basic concepts still stand. It is often posited that any new idea goes through 3 stages; ridicule, vilification, and finally, recognition as obvious. Let’s see how it goes.
One of the later influences in my research came from Spiral Dynamics and while some of the concepts are controversial I think the model proposed by Beck and Cowan may suit our purposes. One of the reasons many of these competing theories have trouble getting accepted is that, while they all have concepts to contribute, they are lacking a coherent focus and none of them can stand on their own. As we so often do, we look at pieces and try to divine the “big picture”.
I believe that by applying Synergetics’ 4 dimensional framework to Spiral Dynamics we can, perhaps bring a portion of the spectrum of human consciousness into focus. For now, if you’re interested, just look over the basic meme colors and the idea of “second-tier thinking”. Specifically, I see Synergetics being able to incorporate the concept of second tier thinking with Holons to give a means of, not quantifying, but evaluating choices. To make it easier to envision real choices and not have to rely on second-hand sources.
Everyone has his or her own window to the Divine; for some it’s a stained glass window in a cathedral, for some it’s an electron microscope, for some it’s a blank canvas or sheet of paper or a stage but, we’re all looking at the same thing.