" What is Energy?"
Welcome to an exploration of this most marvellous of questions.
The Bonus Joules website is devoted to revealing the essence of energy so humanity may thrive and our daily lives be filled with wonderment and awe. It is an exploration of the nature of energy, power, electricity, global warming, climate change, "smart" meters and grids, science, education, sustainability, energy efficiency and much more.
Page last updated April 2010
Thank you for a moment of your time and I take this opportunity to assure that you have arrived at a remarkable place, no matter your vocation, your education or your background in general. This is a place for any person with an of open spirit and an exploring mind. Welcome.
know you are extremely familiar with energy. I am certain you feel it is the
essence of your experience of existence, as it is with all human beings
and indeed, as it is with all sentient beings. I am equally certain that
you cannot describe what energy is. You may try to symbolise the nature
of energy in words, in music, in
dance, in paintings and drawings, in mathematical equations or in
religious ritual but always something in you recognises that all
these symbols, even if combined in concert, fail to communicate a fulsome answer to
the question “What is energy?”. introductory
Here are some of the perhaps radical insights I enjoy and can share from my own journey in wonder exploring the nature of energy:
Nature of Energy
Energy is the potential of the universe(s). Contemporary definitions of energy are fundamentally driven and limited by greed, fear and denial of the bounteous nature of energy. Read the 2010 essay Enjoying the Bliss, which is Energy. How to transcend the elements of our ego that deny the bliss.
Conservation Principle of Energy
The Conservation Principle of Energy. This is perhaps the greatest symbol generated by human beings. It is an extraordinary guide to the nature of energy and its wisdom is rarely unpacked by our teachers. This includes the notion that energy is so bounteous it can be considered a constant and continually transforms.
Sustainability Principle of Energy
Human beings have a grand capacity for both denial and acceptance of change/stewardship. Our egos can generate incredibly sophisticated systems of denial. The Sustainability Principle of Energy, born of the great Conservation and Uncertainty Principles of Energy, enables us to transcend the demands and limitations of our ego and enjoy a more sustaining existence. More here
Uses of Symbols
Symbols are shared crystallized quanta of meaning. They enable all life forms to survive and propagate. The Sustainability Principle provides us with a practical guide to conserving the potential of our prime symbols. An inventory of its practical application in can be viewed here
The Compassionate Curriculum
Contemporary education curriculum frames science as a way of thinking on a parallel with art, language and civics. (Basis: I think, therefore I am) The Compassionate Curriculum suggests science is a state of being founded in compassion that enables the existence of art language civics and all that we know as civilisation. (Basis: I act, therefore I am.) More here.
Contemporary uses of the energy efficiency symbol associate it with deprivation and using less energy. Such notions are driven by the elements of fear and greed that reside in us all. The Bonus Joules-Junk Joules notion acknowledge that wise and unwise uses of resources are complementary perceptions that continually evolve through each other with time. Energy efficiency is not a matter of using less or more energy. It is about using resources so we enjoy harmony with the flows and balances that sustain us. More here
There is much talk these days of "smart" grids, "smart" metering, "smart appliances and how this can enable us to live "smart lives". Without democracy this confluence of technology tends to generate systems reflecting the psychopathic elements that reside in us all and imperil humanity. Without democracy a system lacks intelligence. Systems, including your local electrical grids, can be rated on an intelligence-incoherence continuum. See prototype rating system here
a Conservator of our greatest Potentials
symbols have fantastic potential: atmosphere,
carbon, climate change, conserve, conservation principle of energy,
cooling, electricity, energy, energy efficiency, exponential,
greenhouse, information, power, science, trace and warming.
Visions (includes links to a five step analysis of the sustainability of an education resource. Example use is the proposed Wellington Marine Education Centre.
The Cartoon exploration of the nature of energy Bonus Joules and the Knowledge Economy is copyright 2001 and, as with all other material on this website, you are free to use it with care.
Warning -All material needs editing and reviewing. My apologies for sudden changes in font.