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>> Energy is a function of the motility of information.
>> Certain organizations are like containers of liquids and cubes made of
>> ice. Nation-states might fit this bill as might language groups or what
>> I call ontologies--e.g. religious views.
>> Because I am interested in actor-network-theory, I also postulate that
>> organizations with rigid physical structures as actants (e.g. buildings,
>> HQs, specific types of systems, accounts, etc.) are also more ice-like
>> and that information is less likely to flow far and with greater energy
>> in such organizations. As they melt, there is a sort of slush.
A word of caution. Organizations and societies are self-organizing
systems. They are living, cognitive organisms. It would be a mistake
to treat them as containers and compare their reaction to increased or
decreased energy to that of plain substances. You have to agree that
water and a bacteria react to changes in the temperatures completely
differently. My point here is that organizations in terms of their
internal structure and reactions to changes in the environment are
closer to bacteria and cells than to water in a container. I think
making analogies between physical and social world at the level of
freezing-melting-evaporating would be an inappropriate simplification
as natural sciences already offer more complex ideas for studying
self-organizing systems. Works on dissipative structures and
autopoesis provide clues for thinking in that direction.
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