Energenesis as Consilience

25 January 2006 at 8:56 pm Leave a comment

It occurred to me that my concepts of “energenesis” and “energonomics” are very similar to E.O. Wilson’s idea of “consilience”:  both are meant to collapse the distinctions between disciplines and provide a kind of overarching unification of all knowledge.  Of course, I have to believe that my ideas do a better job of capturing just how this can happen. . . .

The focus on energy flow, from the Big Bang to our brainstorms, can change the way we think of living, eating, reading, thinking, writing, speaking.  It can lead us to a new kind of ethics based on the rights that human beings have to a fair share of energy (for what is great wealth but energy hoarding, and what is poverty but a great lack of energy?).  It can lead us to a new form of materialistic religion.  Call me Reverend Richard of the Church of White Lightning!!

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Entry filed under: books, energonomics, philosophy, science.

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