Energy form

In hmolscience, energy form is a crude scientific term, introduced in 1988 by Richard Adams, as a replacement to the earlier confounded term “matter-energy” (Miller, 1978), conceptualized to mean “any form of potential energy or kinetic energy”, generally employed in sociological discussions. [1]

In 1988, Richard Adams, in his The Eighth Day, via citation to James Miller's earlier usage of "matter-energy", introduced the term "energy form" as follows:

“The term ‘energy form’ will refer to any form of potential or kinetic energy; that is, for those things we ordinarily call matter and those we call energy. The choice of the term energy form is, of course, arbitrary. Miller (Living Systems,1978), in his treatise on general systems, uses the term matter-energy. I prefer energy form because form implies matter and information.”
— Richard Adams (1988), The Eight Day [1]

Here, to clarify, we see incoherence, in that "information" is not a form of energy; this false assertion is what is called the "thermodynamic information fallacy".

The following are related quotes:

“While most readers would have no problem in conceiving of coal or petroleum as energy forms, the present argument requires that we also regard human beings, human behavior, social groups, and assemblages of social interactions as energy forms. Similarly, mental processes located in the brain, writing on paper, and soundwaves in the air are also energy forms. The inclusion of all these different kinds of things as energy forms is legitimate because all of them meet the definition.”
Richard Adams (1988), The Eighth Day (pgs. 15-16); cited by Ralph Anderson (2019) in Human Behavior as Social Environment (pg. 9); cited by Libb Thims (2019) in Reddit (ΡΊ) post

1. (a) Miller, James G. (1978). Living Systems (pg. 11). McGraw-Hill.
(b) Adams, Richard N. (1988). The Eighth Day: Social Evolution as the Self-Organization of Energy (pg. 15). University of Texas Press.

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