Negentropy, also known as syntropy, is a coined word for ‘negative entropy.’
It's a double negative of sorts meaning the reversal of the process of death and decay known as entropy. Negentropy is roughly defined as the building, expansion and evolution of life.
The terms syntropy and entropy may be used interchangeably. Syntropy is abundantly evidenced in nature all the way down to the food we eat.
Concerning the vitality of the human body, the basic concept is this:
Eat food whose life force has been extinguished by heat (in both cooking and processing) and the food experiences death and decay (entropy). The cells of ‘fired’ food are damaged and disorganized by the cooking process. Unfired, living foods (also known as raw foods), on the contrary, are not subject to cellular disorganization and destruction. The cells of unfired natural food sings with harmony, order, vitality and life and the human body in turn vibrates with the sound and light of harmony, order, vitality and life.
Likewise, stop using the body through exercising it, and it begins to go into a state of decay and weakness.
While we may not resonate with a raw food diet nor are we preaching it, but we can certainly lean towards eating as many living foods as we possibly can to support our physical life essence. And while it isn't necessary to go crazy at the gym seven days a week, enjoyable exercise within reason will help hold physical decay at bay.
Albert Szent-Györgi, Hungarian born scientist (1893), discoverer of vitamin C and Nobel prize winner, is widely credited for the theory of syntropy (1974), however his forebears Schrödinger, Brillouin, and Fantappie laid important groundwork on the subject.
His conclusions relate to all of nature, in fact, the universe. When we truly understand syntropy and its effects on our personal vitality, our food and lifestyle choices will easily and effortlessly align with it.
The aging process in humans is often viewed as the body wearing down after years of use. According to Szent-Györgi, the opposite is true.
The body wears down after years of misuse, disease and stress. He theorizes that use tears down non-life and builds up life. Szent-Györgi believed there must be an innate force in all living things that, when allowed to thrive, functions to improve the organism.
In inanimate objects such as abandoned buildings and fired food, because there is little or none of that innate vital force present, the organism continues deeper into the spiral of entropy or decay as the molecules disperse into disorganization and into the larger space in which they are contained.
This is why we see abandoned buildings fall into disrepair whether they are vandalized or not. The famous Ruins of Detroit (pictured, bottom of this article) are a stunning example of this concept.
In its syntropic heyday, Detroit was a shining, bustling, thriving city, an example to the world of creativity, constructive energy and expansion. I knew it well. I grew up in what is called the downriver area, a suburb running South along the Detroit River, bordering on Detroit. My dad worked for General Motors at the world headquarters on the prestigious W. Grand Boulevard in Detroit and Detroit was our familiy’s stomping ground for everything: education, entertainment, work, shopping, religious experience, everything. Detroit was alive and bustling.
I grew up in the 50s and 60s witnessing Detroit come to its zenith. The buildings in both downtown and uptown Detroit were spectacular with edifices embellished in brass and gold and near unrivaled architecture. There were many thriving neighborhoods established and Detroit was a mecca for ethnic groups to become well-employed and raise their families. To be clear and honest, there were also the slums and history records the 1967 riots, too. The picture of Detroit has not been a completely rosy one, but for purposes of this article, I am focusing on the rise and decline of the Detroit's physical structures largely built by the automotive industry.
The factories were abundant and mammoth though pollution was of no concern to the automakers (maybe this is one clue on how Detroit has experienced such decay in certain parts of it). Eventually, this same greedy attitude caused the auto chiefs to make destructive decisions. The same lack of integrity surrounding pollution prevention and environmental care is the same corporate lack of integrity which shipped factories and jobs out of the country seeking higher profits, leaving Detroit to lose its vibrancy and to fragment and decay.
So after the automotive manufacturers largely abandoned not only their properties but the city itself, the buildings very literally began to crumble, inviting human destruction, weed overgrowth and the abject energy of loneliness. Forsaken and rejected, there were now no longer any humans radiating vital life force in the structures while they worked and created and the once regal edifices absolutely deteriorated.
This phenomenon does not apply to Detroit alone. Observe any well constructed abandoned building that remains empty over time and watch it gradually degenerate, often all on its own. This is true of buildings with rooves unspoiled and in good repair and windows all intact.
Scientist Jerry Bergman, Ph.D. says it this way:
"A city, if it were deserted, would eventually disintegrate. The metal in the city would rust, the mortar in the buildings would crack, the wood would rot, etc. In time, less and less differentiation would exist until, if the area were a closed system (no new energy was brought in to rebuild the city), all of the molecules would be evenly distributed within a given area. Diffusion, the tendency for molecules to distribute themselves throughout an area, would occur."
A similar process occurs within the human body when attention is not given to it through exercise, truly good eating (most people have skewed ideas about what that means) and respectful, loving self-care. Without proper treatment and use, the body slowly and in some cases not so slowly, breaks down. When the body’s molecules lose their concentration in their respective areas, they diffuse and aging occurs. An obvious example is facial wrinkles and sagging.
Couch potatoes who lounge on their sofas for many hours a day help breed lethargy and a lack of motivation to do much else; the neglect of physical exercise then brings on an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and arthritis, a decline in bone density and a higher probability of osteoporosis, poor posture, back pain, a low metabolic rate leading to weight gain and fluctuating sleeping patterns. The edifice known as the physical body begins to fall into deterioration as the will of the body’s very cells to live and thrive is rejected.
Schrödinger uses the term negentropy to identify the remarkable ability of a living system to not only avoid the effects of entropy (death and decay) but to do the opposite–to increase organization. Living organisms feed on negentropy. This is nature’s innate drive to perfect itself.
“Throughout its life cycle, every one of the body’s trillions of cells is driven to grow and improve its ability to use more of its innate yet untapped capacity,” writes leadership author Robert K. Cooper, Ph.D.
While the discoveries of scientists surrounding negentropy are actually quite mathematical and complicated, in a nutshell and in layman’s terms we can say very simply that depending on where, how much and the kind of energy we surround a thing with, we receive back a mirror image as the fruit of our focused energy.
This is why raw vegan zealot Markus Rothkranz is right when he says, “Eat life to get life!;” why the adage is true, “Use it or lose it;” why the more esoteric Universal Law proves out that like attracts like and why Catherine Ponder’s message, “What you radiate outward in your thoughts, feelings, mental pictures and words, you attract into your life,” rings true.
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