Energy Connections


Living Forces in Inter/Intra-Action

ISBN: 978-1-60785-262-9

edited by Manuela Rossini

Introduction: Energy as a Nomadic Concept[edit]

While I am writing this Introduction, the meltdown of the three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant that took place in March 2011 is apparently still not under control. (Three years after the catastrophe it is still not and generates "400 tons of radioactive water ... every day". Six years later: still not under control.) It made new energy-saving technologies the centre of attention at CEATEC, Japan's largest information technology and electronics fair, in October of the same year. Environmentally-conscious scientists are starting to hope that better management of the island’s many forests and policy reinforcements will allow for the sustainable use of woody biomass (Sasaki et al., 2011) or any other freely available natural resource (as documented by the non-profit organization Japan for Sustainability or the German Energy Rich Japan Project) in order to generate the 858.5 billion kWh the Japanese population currently consumes per year. The techno-natural disaster under discussion has recharged the empty batteries of the anti-nuclear movement, and not just in Japan (rallied by Nobel laureate Kenzaburō Ōe, for example), and has also fuelled calls by political parties of almost all creeds for an 'energy turn' world-wide. (Yet on June 16, 2012, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda prompted the restarting of the reactors at Oi after a shut-down of all the nuclear power plants, while in my home country, Switzerland, higher than expected costs have overshadowed any green optimism about, and political will for, a quick nuclear exit.) (more)

Energy Forms: TransForming Dynamics  [edit]

Bruce Clarke
A Scientific Romance: Thermodynamics and the Fourth Dimension in Charles Howard Hinton’s ‘The Persian King’
Ibrahim Dincer, Yunus A. Cengel
Energy, Entropy and Exergy Concepts and Their Roles in Thermal Engineering
Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic
Dynamics of Information as Natural Computation
Gordana Dodig-Cmkovic, ed.
Information and Energy/Matter
David Rudrauf, Antoine Lutz, Diego Cosmelli, Jean-Philippe Lachaux, and Michel Le Van Quyen
From Autopoesis to Neurophenomenology: Francisco Varela's Exploration of the Biophysics of Being
Nophea Sasaki, Toshiaki Owari, Francis E. Putz
Time To Substitute Bioenergy for Nuclear Power in Japan

Energy Flows: Empowering Cosmopolitics[edit]

Eric J. Chaisson
Follow the Energy: Relevance of Cosmic Evolution for Human History
Clare Colebrook
Queer Vitalism
Geoffrey P. Hammond, Adrian B. Winnett
The Influence of Thermodynamic Ideas on Ecological Economics: An Interdisciplinary Critique
Bruno Latour
Waiting for Gaia. Composing the Common World through Arts and Politics
Takeshi Naganuma
An Astrobiological View on Sustainable Life
Dorion Sagan, Jessica Hope Whiteside
Gradient Reduction Theory: Thermodynamics and the Purpose of Life
Eric D. Schneider & Dorion Sagan
Into the Cool: Energy Flows, Thermodynamics, and Life
Isabelle Stengers, with Erin Manning, Brian Massumi
History through the Middle: Between Macro and Micropolitics

Energy Matters: Entangling Physis and Semiosis

Karen Barad
Quantum Entanglements and Hauntological Relations of Inheritance: Dis/continuities, SpaceTime Enfoldings, and Justice-to-Come
Henri Bergson
Mind-Energy. Lectures and Essays
Søren Brier, ed.
Cybersemiotics (special issue of Entropy). Click for an overview of the 11 papers published in this volume.
Peter Harries-Jones
Bioentropy, Aesthetics and Meta-dualism: The Transdisciplinary Ecology of Gregory Bateson
Manuela Rossini
To the Dogs: Companion Speciesism and the New Feminist Materialism
Isabelle Stengers
Energy is Conserved!
Günther Witzany
Bio-Communication of Bacteria and their Evolutionary Roots in Natural Genome Editing Competences of Viruses


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A 'Frozen' PDF Version of this Living Book[edit]

Download a 'frozen' PDF version of this book as it appeared on 14th October 2012