Thursday, August 14, 2014

Syntropy – the creative power of nature

Each new era in the development of civilisation discovers new discoveries on the path to a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of life, our co-dependencies, creative powers and manifested ideas. At various levels and in various dimensions, and every once in a while, something triggers excitement in each and every one of our cells. Love. Surprise. Achievement of a goal. A realisation along the way. A thought. Hope. Birth.

I felt this type of excitement when I was introduced to SYNTROPY. I can hardly express emotions that were flooding me while I was traveling through complex formulas that were mostly incomprehensible to me, yet so familiar that I felt as if they were a part of my life all along. An important role in this experience was played by the Slovenian language, which was used by the author Andrej Detela in its finest form; it created a melody that penetrated deep into the unconscious and charges it with the fresh, the new and the real. To book is called »SINTROPIJA v polifaznih zibelkah« (SINTROPY in polyphase cradles).

"Nature always takes what's available and makes the most it can..."Unknown author
Don't let the title frighten you or turn you away from the messages of the book that are as important as understanding evolution, dialectics and the meaning of joy for a full life. This is the story of syntropy and the physicist who has proved it exists. Open your hearts, open all your levels of perception and let the story itself reward you for your journey.

Photo: Cover of the book
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The English version of the book will be available in 2016

V: What is syntropy?

Syntropy is the self-organising ability of nature.

V: For how long have we been aware of its existence, how long have we been observing it?
In 1943, Erwin Schrödinger addressed the question of the ability of living matter to self-organise, which was later named 'negentropy' by Léon Brillouin, based on the fact this is a 'life force' that reduces the entropy of every living system through a very high level of (self) organisation. In the mathematical language negentropy is the opposite of entropy, which is why the bio-mathematician Luigi Fantappiè and biochemist Albert Szent-Györgyi (in 1974) named it syntropy. However, ideas about its existence were formed long before that. The French vitalists and Pasteur already used the term 'life force' (élan vital), but it took time to develop the mathematical and physical models (formulas) for describing and proving this phenomenon exists. For example, Nikola Tesla wrote about a 'glowing ether' but was misunderstood because his findings were so radically different from the prevailing understanding of physics and life itself at the time that they weren't accepted by the public.

V: What significance does understanding syntropy have for understanding life?
If syntropy exists, then a physical system with favourable phase relations (which in mathematical terms we call the phase structure of a system) does not progress towards entropy, neither towards a thermodynamic chaos and heat death, but instead develops towards increasing inner organisation and complexity, i.e. towards life. Szent-Györgyi already felt that all living systems have mechanisms working towards syntropy ingrained at the cellular level. Even before him, Schrödinger addressed this topic in his book, entitled What's life? He already suspected that there are processes at the quantum level that are not within the scope of classical thermodynamics. Not to mention Brillouin and others…

V: Is the proof that syntropy exists a challenge to the existing dogmas and knowledge?

Photo: Andrej Detela
Source: selffish studio
Yes, the idea of syntropy challenges the basic core of classical thermodynamics since thermodynamics is based on two core principles – the law of conservation of energy (the total energy of an isolated system cannot change, although it may change form, e.g. from mechanical energy to electrical energy); the second law is the law of entropy, which states that the entropy of an isolated system never decreases, it can only increase or be maintained. Therefore, the law of entropy states that entropy is constantly increasing, leading to more and more chaos, disorder, etc. The increasing level of entropy can be illustrated with a simple example. Let us take a neatly arranged room; as long as everything is in its place on the shelves, the room is governed by order and entropy is low. But if a child enters the room and starts throwing things around we say the room is in disarray and that is what an increase of entropy is.

V: But you were not satisfied with this explanation. You went a step further in your research...
Andrej Detela, writer, poet, philosopher, ecologist, physicist and an internationally established inventor from the Jožef Stefan Institute, is also known as the inventor of highly advanced electric motors for robots and next generation electric vehicles, for which he finds inspiration in nature. As an inventor, he is dedicated to exploring green sources of energy. In basic science, he has been exploring the relatively new field of syntropy for quite some time. Through a holistic approach to understanding the world he correlates scientific discoveries and his own personal spirituality.
Yes. Life is governed by some sort of order. Each atom in a living cell is exactly where it is supposed to be and this order determines the health of an organism. Schrödinger already presumed the existence of a subtle mechanism that makes living matter self-organise. Soon after, Szent-Györgyi started writing about it, and later the idea was used by Prigogine who formed the theory of dissipative structures. However, his structures explicitly stayed within the realm of the entropy law. Schrödinger on the other hand, also allowed the possibility of existence of syntropy. This topic that was left unanswered, seemingly palpable but just out of reach, was also approached by others, and lately my belief that this is the area where a significant breakthrough must be achieved has kept getting stronger.

V: What is the basic precept of your work?
The central focus and the basic idea of my work is describing complex quantum systems with Tesla's theory of polyphase oscillations. In other words, I combined two concepts – I applied Tesla's theory of polyphase systems, where the progression of time is clearly defined, to quantum physics. Nobody has ever tried that, which is what is essentially new about my approach and what has led to exceptionally interesting results. Only after having applied Tesla's polyphase systems to the theory of syntropy, the equations became manageable enough to allow elegant calculations, which allowed my young colleague Gorazd Lampič and I to come to several useful results. However, the subject required deeper understanding and thus my colleague and I continued our analysis to find out what it all meant. You cannot just approach a subject blindly; you must also explore the actual significance of what you are doing. I am emphasising this explicitly because this other aspect is obviously undernourished in the modern scientific world. Scientists hurry with finishing their articles to publish them as soon as possible, allowing no time for contemplating the deeper meaning of their work. I firmly believe that we should not avoid the burden of internal freedom when we are boldly entering the empty, open space, which is the only way in which we can sincerely and meaningfully interpret the results of our work. However, that is something the modern competitive society does not support, which means that you must rely on your courage and that requires firmness and integrity.
Links to Andrej Detela's lectures in Paris:
First lecture "Silent message of nature"  and the text
Second lecture "Syntropic perception of time" and the text
V: To make the concept of syntropy more accessible to our readers, could you, please, give a few examples from nature that support the theory of syntropy.
Gladly. The law of syntropy can be seen in the world of crystals. As the atoms within a crystal vibrate, the shape of the crystal's electric potential (the shape of the periodic electric potential in the crystal) also slightly oscillates. If the crystal has at least a slightly non-trivial internal structure (and they usually do), certain polyphase oscillations with the characteristics of syntropy can appear within crystals.
The Japanese scientist Masaru Emoto has found very subtle factors that influence the development of snowflakes. Numerous external factors or external fields determine in which directions the snowflake will grow, develop fractal structures, etc. The general theory of syntropy predicts that the growth of a snowflake is determined by acoustic oscillations in ice crystals, wherein the acoustic frequency is extremely high (hypersound). The possibilities of expression of this symphony of hypersound are extremely potent.
Syntropic self-organisation also occurs in water crystals, known, of course, as ice. In ice, several oscillations resound together, forming a harmonic music of sorts (analogous with polyphonic organ music), with regular phase time shifts and oscillations. These oscillations are also self-amplifying (positive feedback); the atomic oscillations become coherent (synchronised), with clear frequencies, which is something that hasn't been discussed outside the field of bio-energy so far.

The snowflake – an independent ice crystal – is a similar example. We know that in varying conditions its development also varies.

Photo: Photo from the book
Source: Andrej Detela

Just like in ice, hypersound oscillations also spontaneously occur in living matter. Hypersound is an acoustic wave with a frequency higher than 10 GHz. The theory supposes and numerous measurements confirm such extremely high frequencies. If the frequency of hypersound waves travelling along protein chains corresponds with resonance frequencies of conformational transitions in said proteins, conformational changes corresponding individual frequencies are triggered. In other words, different frequencies trigger different 'switches' in protein chains, thus causing certain transitions of a biomolecule from one biologically active form to another active form. The symphony of hypersound that resounds throughout the body and touches even the minutest parts of cells, plays with protein structures and regulates the biological functions of an organism. For now, this is merely a hypothesis, but there is an increasing amount of evidence supporting it.
If we make a single further step in this direction, we enter the realm of esotericism. Old paintings from India and Tibet illustrate/describe a subtle (pranic) human body, with major chakras and countless energy threads, which we now are able to explain as pathlines of hypersound waves. This is therefore the information structure of the body and syntropy is the mechanism that enables the harmonisation of all its parts into a healthy whole.

V: Everyone remembers from school that energy is indestructible. What is the relationship of syntropy with this law?
For example, in light bulbs, electrical energy is transformed into energy of light and this one is finally transformed into thermal energy. In other words, electrical energy with very low entropy is delivered into a room. Light bulbs transform it into energy of light whose entropy is slightly higher than that of electrical energy. As light hits the walls it transforms into heat. The temperature of this heat is close to the environmental temperature whose entropy is very high. So far, no one has been able to devise a process that would transform the thermal energy of the natural environment back into electrical energy.
You are correct. Everyone knows the law of energy: energy can neither be created nor destroyed. It can only be transformed from one form into another. Energy with low entropy (in our case, electrical energy; see text box) is transformed into energy with high entropy, the heat of the natural environment. So far, no one has been able to devise a process that would transform the thermal energy of the natural environment back into electrical energy. We are only able to transform heat with a very high temperature, much higher than the natural environmental temperature, into electricity. Such processes take place in thermal power plants, such as Šoštanj, where the infamous corruption scandal happened in the construction of its new block TEŠ-6. Energy transformation in thermal power plants starts with the chemical energy of coal, which has low entropy, otherwise further transformations of energy would not be possible. The heat produced by coal is used to produce superheated steam at approximately 600°C, which is used to drive turbines, which in turn drive generators that produce electricity. Thermal power plants require heat at a temperature much higher than the natural environmental temperature. So far, we haven't been able to produce electrical energy from natural environmental heat. Can you see the difference?

V: What makes the syntropy paradigm different?
Syntropy allows energy recycling.
The vision allowed by the syntropy paradigm is exactly the opposite of what I described earlier: Natural environmental heat can be transformed directly into electrical energy. Let us imagine this process. By cooling the walls of this room just slightly, perhaps by mere 10°C, the heat difference could be used to produce electricity that could be routed into a power line. This represents a reversal of time in classical energy transformations, the reverse process through which thermal energy with high entropy is transformed into electrical energy with low entropy. Clearly, the law of entropy currently excludes this possibility as it only permits transitions to higher entropy. However, the reverse process can be explained with the law of syntropy. In practice, this would mean we would no longer burden the environment with excess heat as we would be able to recycle heat back into electrical energy that could be used and reused after each energy cycle. We would no longer have to exhaust energy resources (coal, oil, uranium, etc.) and endlessly release excess energy into the environment. This opens up the possibility of energy recycling in a complete energy cycle that would require no input of fuel – no oil, no coal, etc. We have found a possibility for recycling waste heat, which is the final product of all energy transformations. Thus, we can establish a balance between entropy and syntropy that exists in nature.

Photo: Andrej Detela
For example, as a car is driving down a road its tyres heat up and when we're breaking its brakes heat up; air resistance heats up the air around the car which also receives the heat from exhaust gases and the engine cooler. Eventually, everything turns into heat. But now we have found a way to recycle this excess heat back into electrical energy. In ten years, we will probably mostly be driving electric cars that will, based on the syntropy principle, turn the environmental heat back into electrical energy that will power electric motors in the car. This is a solution for all energy problems of the modern civilisation, including the well-known problem of the greenhouse effect.

V: The application of findings with regard to syntropy can have remarkable social consequences. How do you see them?
Let me use Tesla's thoughts from his autobiography, entitled My Inventions. A hundred years ago, he was already writing about new sources of energy and told us what we need to keep in mind in our search for them. The modern pace is generally too fast, we want to present everything to the public too quickly and market it forcefully before we even understand what we have. That is why I keep pointing out the philosophical, social and psychological aspects of the new possibilities presented by our findings about syntropy. In other words, since we now suddenly have new possibilities of transforming energy we must very carefully consider all aspects of what this means. These new opportunities must not be held captive by the old way of thinking only to be misused.

V: Can you, please, explain what you mean this last statement?
Syntropy tells us that the world is not ruled by the survival of the fittest, since at the quantum level, which is a higher level of reality, we can see how different entities jointly resound in a magically harmonious and mutually enriching symphony.
Traditionally, new possibilities were introduced to the world with the simple aim of securing power for some to govern the others. Syntropy tells us that the world is not ruled by the survival of the fittest, since at the quantum level, which is a higher level of reality, we can see how different entities jointly resound in a magically harmonious and mutually enriching symphony. Only after we are able to understand this basic concordance and let it enter our human world we may realistically raise our actual lives to a higher and more beautiful level. Perhaps even divine? Without this understanding, everything I told you about syntropy would be meaningless, as it would immediately be misused. But we won't let this happen. We all strive for spiritual awareness and a life worth living, we strive for harmony with the greater whole and a loving relationship with it; a whole in which everyone would feel secure and happy. Therefore, our findings about syntropy can only be meaningful within such a spiritual context.

Andrej, I wish the positive forces will stay at your side and enrich your work. I bow to you for your past and future discoveries. 

Take care, Violeta

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