John Garcia

John Garcia nsIn hmolscience, John Garcia (1936-2001) was an American writer noted for his 1971 book The Moral Society, in which, building on the work of French philosopher Pierre Teilhard, he advocated a human moral evolution through a mixture of discussions on entropy and the entropic force. [1]

Overview
in 1971, Garcia, in his The Moral Society: a Rational Alternative to Death, argued the following key opinions: [1]

Entropy is the counter-force to evolution. Entropy drives mind toward matter and matter toward chaos. Entropy manifests itself in mind by a decrease in awareness. The maximum form of entropy for life is death. The ultimate form of entropy is chaos. Imaginary awareness is the direct manifestation of entropy. Mind succumbs to the entropic force by declining the challenge of the game of life. Life succumbs to entropy by specialization, i.e. by acquiring an ever more fixed and specific form until it is indistinguishable from matter. Matter succumbs to entropy by becoming randomly dispersed until it no longer has a specific form and it becomes chaotic energy.

The evolutionary force driving man toward ever-greater mind causes him to seek ever-greater awareness. The entropic force drives him toward matter and causes him to seek ever-greater peace and tranquility. Tension is produced by an unpredictable and uncontrollable environment. Man, in an effort to adjust to both the entropic and the evolutionary forces, relieves his tension by deluding himself into believing he is aware when he is not. He deliberately avoids the tension of the evolutionary force by destroying his feedback. Without feedback the game of life cannot be won.

Both evolution and entropy are natural manifestations of the cosmic force. It is just as "natural" to sink into matter as to rise to greater mind. It is only possible to rise to greater mind, pure thought, by playing the game of life in the presence of total feedback. Man can continue to have feedback only if he plays the game deliberately.”

In 1991, Garcia published Creative Transformation, his third book, with chapters on the evolution of matter, life, and mind (having sections on social entropy); which is said to be his finest work. [2]

References
1. (a) Garcia, John D. (1971). The Moral Society: a Rational Alternative to Death (Chapter one: Section: The Step Beyond Man, pg. 13-; Entropy, pgs. 18, 33; Thermodynamics, pgs. 218, 309-10). Julian Press; The Moral Society (online). Publisher.
(b) Garcia, John. D. (1971). The Moral Society (online chapters). See.org.
(c) The Moral Society – Wikipedia.
2. (a) Garcia, John D. (1991). Creative Transformation: a Practical Guide to Maximizing Creativity (ch. 3: Evolution of Mind, Section: Social Entropy). Noetic Press.
(b) Garcia, John D. (1991). Creative Transformation (online chapters). See.org.
(c) Creative Transformation – Wikipedia.

External links
John David Garcia – Wikipedia.
Garcia, John David 1935- (WorldCat Identities) – WorldCat.org.

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