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Learning Area -The Nature of Energy

                 First draft and incomplete Jan 2008


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Link here
 to a list of 
sustainable uses of key symbols - including

energy energy efficiency
global warming
warming & cooling

Energy is the potential of the universe(s). Humans are mortal forms and cannot know the full potential. However indications are we are intimately involved with how that potential is manifest (The Uncertainty Principle of Energy). Also this far no human in recorded history has ever in any practical way found flaws in the Conservation Principal of Energy which states that energy is so bounteous it can be considered a constant and that it is subject to constant transformations. Energy is manifest in every aspect of existence and no aspect or form of existence can be called energy. They may be categorized as forms or sources or manifestations or types of energy with each having its own symbol.

Students will explore the nature of energy so they can appreciate its potential more fully, understand how it is manifest and be better able to live in harmony with its changing reality. They learn to use imagination to engage unexpected outcomes and to explore multiple solutions. They will learn to explore energy from the following perspectives:


Psychology studies the minds (including mental and emotional processes) of humans and other sentient creatures and how we reflect and respond to our changing universe.


Sociology studies human and other societies for their social relations, belief systems, organisation and capacity to adapt to change.


Physics explores for principles governing matter and energy and their interactions so we are able to understand and use the forces affecting our universe.


Chemistry studies the composition and properties of substances, and  the reactions by which substances are produced from or converted into other substances.

Biology explores the origin, history, physical characteristics, life processes, habits, etc. of living organisms such as plants animals, and  viruses.


Students will explore their various Beings from the above perspectives using art and language (including Mathematics). These shall include the following Beings:


Thermal Beings - includes understanding and being in harmony with the balances of the  thermal flows of our universe Electrical Beings - includes identifying all electrical phenomena and sustainable uses of them Trace Beings- includes understanding how the universe comprises of trace elements and exploring their powers.


Human Beings- includes our psychology,  sociology and the civics that sustains us Earth  Beings -includes understanding the  tectonic forces of our planet and the conservation of minerals and soils


Ocean Beings- includes understanding  key water cycles and how we are sustained by them.

Atmospheric Beings- includes knowing the power of our breath and our role in all atmospheric processes

Carbon Beings- includes knowing key carbon cycles and being stewards of carbon Solar   Beings - includes exploring our solar system and making maximal use of our solar potential.

 Universal Beings - includes knowing we are part of the universe and each of us can be viewed as many types of being.









Guiding Principles of Energy.

The Conservation Principle of Energy states energy cannot be created or destroyed and is subject to constant transformation.

The Uncertainty Principle of Energy states that in quantum physics the locating of a particle in a small region makes the momentum of the particle uncertain, and conversely, measuring the momentum of a particle precisely makes the position uncertain.

The Sustainability Principle of Energy states that when a symbol use works to deny change it will materially alter the potential of the universe (energy) in a way that results in a reduction in the capacity of the symbol user to mirror reality. When a symbol use works for the acceptance of change it will increase the capacity of the symbol user to mirror reality.

Conserving symbol potential: Link here to a list of 
sustainable uses of key symbols - including 
atmosphere carbon electricity energy energy efficiency greenhouse love power science

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Key ideas from  Rationale for Curriculum

Requisites for 
to exist:



Collegiality openness 
and sharing; 


Honesty and trust; 

Time and reflection 


Science  and creativity:

 The above requisites enable quantum leaps
 in insight.


The power  of symbols:

Symbols convey
 meaning and enable civilisation


Conserving the 
potential of 
our key symbols:

Any failure to
 conserve them 
puts us at greater risk.