datePosted 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 Schr√∂dinger 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 counters the normal effects of thermodynamics to break systems down. 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 ūüôā

About CJ Fearnley

CJ FearnleyCJ 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 is an experienced group conversation organizer, facilitator, and mentor. He has organized more than 130 events exploring diverse topics for the Greater Philadelphia Thinking Society and more than 50 for Math Counts. He is a co-organizer for both groups. He is also helping to organize The Philadelphia Eco-District.

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 has continued his education with a lifetime of reading on-line and off and taking more than 80 free on-line courses (mostly in an audit / edutainment mode, but he as earned 13 honor-code certificates of completion and has studied another 7 courses in depth). CJ was named to the Philadelphia Business¬†Journal’s 2006 “40 Under 40” List as one of the region’s most accomplished¬†young professionals.

2 Responses to “About”

  1. Ravi Limaye on 21 July 2016 at 2:02 am

    Dear Sir,

    I am a MOOC Researcher and from your excellent blog found you completed several MOOCs.

    Can you please answer the following

    What is your Motivation for MOOCs ?

    What is the Learning form MOOCs done by you?

    Is the experience of MOOC learning tough?

    What you liked in MOOC ?

    What you did not like in MOOC?

    Suggestions for improvement in MOOCs

    MOCC Reseracher , India

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