Posted on 22 October 2010 by cjf
About the Syntropy Blog
The second law of thermodynamics discloses that entropy is always locally increasing. Syntropy is negative entropy. Thus, syntropy refers to an energy-consuming process in Universe where structure and order is increased. Living organisms and Earth itself are two of the principal examples of syntropic systems.
I have been using syntropy as part of my on-line identity for a long time. I have been inspired by Buckminster Fuller’s use of the word in countradistinction to entropy (Erwin Schrödinger was the first to use the word “syntropy” in this context). For me syntropy inspires the concept that Universe may have local ordering processes that counter the normal effects of thermodynamics to break down systems. My sense of responsibility suggests that Humanity ought to be diligently working to aide such processes. Indeed many of us are. I hope to help. In this blog I will attempt (sometimes quite indirectly) to support increasing syntropy in local Universe (mostly for the little SpaceShip called Earth where I currently live). When those lofty aspirations fall short (and I’m sure they will from time-to-time), my thoughts will simply contribute to the muddle and the babble that normally rages on the Internet
About CJ Fearnley
CJ Fearnley was an early leader in the adoption and implementation of Linux and Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in Philadelphia. In 1993, he recognized the emerging value of the Linux operating system. Through his leadership position in the Philadelphia Area Computer Society (PACS), he began introducing Linux to organizations in the Greater Philadelphia region. At PACS, he organized monthly presentations on Linux and FOSS and wrote 29 columns in the organization’s print periodical, The Databus. He then founded and helped build Philadelphia’s premiere Linux user group, the Philadelphia area Linux User Group (PLUG), where he continues to facilitate its first Wednesday meetings. After helping to establish a community and culture for Linux and FOSS in Philadelphia, CJ started building his first company, LinuxForce, to be the “go-to” firm for organizations wanting to realize the promise and power of Linux. LinuxForce is a leading technology services provider specializing in the development, implementation, management and support of Linux-based systems, with a particular expertise in Debian GNU/Linux and Ubuntu. LinuxForce provides remote Linux systems management services to clients including The Franklin Institute Science Museum, and the Aker Philadelphia Shipyard. CJ contributes to a blog on Managing FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) for Business Results.
In addition, CJ Fearnley has applied his organizational and leadership talent to building Buckminster Fuller’s legacy. CJ published an essay Reading Synergetics: Some Tips to help students of Fuller’s magnum opus, Synergetics: Explorations in the Geometry of Thinking, wade through that complex, multi-dimensional tome. He started maintaining The R. Buckminster Fuller FAQ on the Internet in 1994. His work on Buckminster Fuller was featured in an extensive interview published by Dome Magazine in 1999. In 2002 CJ started building the Synergetics Collaborative (SNEC) as an organization to bring together people with an interest in Synergetics’ methods and principles in workshops, symposia, seminars, and other meetings. Major events include a symposium on “Synergetics and the Arts” at the Noguchi Museum, symposia on “Morphology” and “Design Science” at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and a special event ”Revisit Bucky: Exploring Synergetics” held at American University. CJ serves as Executive Director of the Synergetics Collaborative.
CJ received his BA in Mathematical Sciences and Philosophy from Binghamton University in 1989 where he was a Regents Scholar and has done graduate work at Drexel University. CJ was named to the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2006 “40 Under 40″ List as one of the region’s most accomplished young professionals.