The process of converting environmental information to knowledge and thus back to energetic actions in the environment is the core process which defines life forms as articulated in the Constructal Theory of Information.
Environmentalists are becoming increasingly aware that efforts to increase efficiency actually cause overall energy use to rise, a phenomenon known as Jevon’s Paradox. However, the paradox can be understood as the healthy behavior of energy-using products. For information products – cell phones, smart phones and the Internet, abundant, inexpensive supplies of energy are essential to raise our global wealth and enable people everywhere to create their own wealth.
Dominance is the ability of one entity to cause change in another. Flow and channel are in constant tension over which will dominate. This is a key feature of the Constructal Law, which defines the characteristics of all information systems.
I’m looking at my gold wedding band.
Its gold was created in a supernova explosion billions of years ago.
How did it get to my finger?
How could a professor of engineering from Duke University and a cartoonist independently predict the outcome of the 2016 US presidential election correctly, without knowledge of political strategy, access to pundits, supercomputers or funding – while all the so-called experts got it wrong?
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Although the designs of nature might seem random, they are not.
Rarely are scientists capable of translating esoteric concepts in such broad strokes without losing coherence, but Bejan’s persistent focus on the details brings the constructal law to life via the everyday. In the end, his blend of science and the philosophy of design (among other disciplines) is convincing and may just shift your perspective of self.
How does a product go from bright idea in a single mind to wildly successful global product? This short essay…