You may have heard the saying ‘anything is possible‘; and whilst the statement is normally patently false—sometimes it turns out to be true that certain special case inventions can be formulated to achieve ‘the impossible‘.
Whereby an invention offers an incredible, almost magical solution which can be used to produce singular results. Examples of this type of invention are Edison’s light bulb, plus his movie camera/projector and phonograph. A number of other inventions are stand-outs in this respect—including the linear electric motor, the jet aeroplane, the personal computer, or the Apple iPhone etc.
Such inventions are unusual not only because they profoundly change society; but also because of the unpredictability of their production due to the fact that the operating principles involved had not been previously known.
Put simply, we humans did not know HOW to create such seemingly magical solutions—before they were invented. In other words, we had not discovered precisely how to identify, assemble and operate the Synergetic Facets required to produce the end result(s)—and the invention remained undiscovered up until the time when said Facet combination(s) were first identified.
Now Edison did not himself know about the key principle of Synergetics (ostensibly); so how is it possible that we can claim that he used it to produce his one-of-a-kind inventions? Well the answer is that he used this same principle without consciously recognising that he was so doing. Synergetics relates to the combination and operation of several Synergetic Facets in natural and optimal ways (ref. Energy, Information and Intelligence) to produce a surprising result that is not predictable by analysing these Facets alone.
To be successful, the inventor works backwards from the goal (Macro to Micro procedure) using natural laws in experimental combinations (real or imaginary) until he/she finds an assembly that satisfies his/her requirements. This is Synergy.
If the inventor attempted to work from bottom-up (Micro to Macro)—then he/she would find that the number of combinations of Synergetic Facets would be unimaginably large—too large to explore sensibly (using aimless searching). Put simply, successful invention is always a procedure of working backwards from a goal—by recognition of the key operating mechanisms of the desired invention (using directed searching including recognition of ‘lucky’ and optimal Facet combinations).
Sometimes discovery of a natural law—such as electricity—happens accidentally; but the fact that it renders possible all kinds of new capabilities and inventions is not accidental; rather it takes the human mind to recognise (sometimes using a Eureka moment) that certain top-level capabilities can be realised using electricity.
But Synergy is not a human-made concept alone. Another question relates to nature herself; and how it is possible that Synergy is used in natural systems, both animate and inanimate. Another way of viewing Synergetics is as a search for an incredibly rare or unique/singular combination of Natural Things/Events (using natural laws) that produces a particular desired or useful result; whereby no other combination of these same Things/Events could produce said result (or rather only a very small number of special-case combinations could do so).
Invention is a search for operating mechanisms that produce rare and/or surprising results; whereby the Synergetic Principles are found within the combinational features and processes alone. Synergetics lies outside of Physics, Chemistry and Biology; or rather can be said to contain said natural laws in practical combinations as applied to specific applications.
But once again—how does nature apply Synergetics without a mind to formulate plans/designs and to execute the same. The answer is hugely complex and involves topics such as Synergetic Advantage/Accommodation, evolution and whether or not you believe in a teleological explanation for the universe. Such topics are beyond the scope of the present text; but we do see evidence for Synergetic design everywhere we look; and it seems obvious the Universe itself is somehow ‘Intelligent’. We must conclude that Synergy is not a human-made concept alone.
An important and often missing factor—from ordinary scientific human understanding—relates to the fact that we humans like to separate everything out into types and instances; or into universals and particulars. We define one Thing separately from another—and in all of our Physical models we install false boundaries between Things/Events/Processes.
In reality however, said boundaries do not exist—completely—because if this was true then nothing could ever interact with anything else (how could completely separate and detached Things ever touch/interact?). In actual fact everything is in a very real sense part of a single Universal process—and no unbreachable boundaries exist. There is something far more subtle going on all around us and at every moment; whereby the tiny atoms and particles identified by Physics do not even begin to explain how natural Laws operate at larger scales and in more complex interactions.
It is my belief—that many of the key operating laws of the Universe—have yet to be discovered or at least codified by science—and we can group all such missing laws under the concept of Synergy. Because that is what Synergy means—the behaviour of Things when considered together in whole systems as opposed to singular measurements based on the false erection of boundaries between Things/Events/Processes.
Let us now put such esoteric questions aside; and explore how we humans can apply the principles of Synergetics to useful affect.
Our ambitious aim here—is to apply the design principles of Synergy to invent and build solutions that were—either not previously thought to be possible; or else have not been built because it was not previously known how to create solutions that achieve the desired result(s).
As explained on this site, a Synergetic System is designed according to a comprehensive Macro-Micro procedure whereby previously unidentified operating affects become a reality. Henceforth, our goal is to invent truly magical solutions—which surprise due to:
- the nature of outcomes that are possible for the first time in history; and
- the practicality of the one-of-a-kind results produced.
Ergo, in this section we shall from time-to-time post inventions—and in order to demonstrate the validity of the principles of Synergy hereby expounded.
Our first invention is the Hologram Mirror; and when we sent the specification of this invention to the UK Patent Office—the examiner called us up saying:
“Am I speaking to the inventor of the Hologram Mirror—because your invention is so incredible.. and has created quite a commotion within the Optics Section of the Patent Office.. it took us quite some time to believe that the incredible results achieved by this invention are even possible!”
Subsequently, we have been granted a Patent for our ”Hologram Mirror”, being a new type of mirror for use in cosmetic and medical applications.
How does the “Hologram Mirror” differ from ordinary mirrors ? Well a plane mirror forms a rather cluttered image of the observer (perceptually) which must compete with images of all those objects which happen to be within the field of view. Additionally plane mirror images are not truly ‘life-like’; being hidden and somewhat inaccessible as they are behind a glass screen.
My method produces a three-dimensional (3-D) image which floats in space in-front of the mirror surface ! When used by a person to look at his own reflection, the “Hologram Mirror” produces an image of the person’s face, but without the clutter of background images that are normally seen. And the image is at one-to-one scale or life size; and you are thus able to see your face exactly at the same scale and in three-dimensions as when other people look at you!
Sketch of the Hologram Mirror
A short explanation is useful. We refer to the drawing above. We can see that the mirrors labelled 2 and 3 form an upside-down image of a subject (1) at 4, whereupon a (partially transparent) mirror labelled as 5 re- images this intermediate image into an upright, life-sized reflection of a person (7) that is seen “floating” in space at a short distance in-front of the person (1).
Hologram Mirror – Concept