I am one of those people who started writing books in their retirement years.

Trained as a chemist, worked as a lobbyist and educator, I have now written two books on the science and the philosophy of energy. Currently living in the Southwest USA.

The philosophy of energy can also be thought of as the philosophy of chemistry. The philosophy of science seems to have become divided into the philosophy of physics and the philosophy of biology, but there is much that can be said about a philosophy of chemistry.

Chemistry, after all, is the science of how things fit together. It is not just a poorer cousin of physics, because how things fit together is not as straightforward and atomistic as is popularly assumed. For instance, there is a phenomenon analogous to how the best guy for the gal might lose out if the other guy moves faster to the gal, and there is the phenomenon of how some things can only exist in a form “in-between” other things. And even mechanics, the bedrock of physics, has a version based on energy (Lagrangian mechanics) rather than based on forces.

But especially I am interested in describing how energy starts out as random actions and how complexity is the organization of those random actions (rather than seeing complexity as derived from Platonic Forms and laws).

There is much that we can learn about knowledge in general from studying how energy puts itself together.

Excerpts are available from the menu. Descriptions are on the home page.


Both books are available here.


Joseph-Louis Lagrange was an 18th Century mathematician who developed a means of solving problems in mechanics in terms of energy rather than the usual way, in terms of forces. The method entails describing a larger picture of how situations fit together to create phenomena such as potential (as in potential energy) and then describing individual instances in terms of that larger complex picture. With some poetic license, we can say that his approach works by first describing the “soul” of the situation (not in a theological sense, but as in the phrase, “the heart and soul of the matter”). And it becomes possible to look at the philosophical implications of how it works to describe the world in this manner of skipping the cause-and-effect.

The point of seeing the faces pictured in the rocks is to realize that it requires an observer looking at them before they are “really” there, and yet they exist potentially on their own, in the shape of the rocks. That illustrates how wave collapse can occur on larger scales and is not limited to quantum mechanics.