Enformy: The Capacity to Organize

Chapter 19 in Thinking on the Edge, R. A. Kapnick and A. A. Kelly, eds.
Burbank, CA: Agamemnon Press 1993.


Life has developed and increased in complexity on earth despite the universal principle of increasing entropy. This indicates the operation of a principle that describes the tendency toward organization, away from randomness. Though life is an expression of increasing organization, studies of life itself are limited because science has provided no theoretical construct for organization per se. Herein, this concept is provided as enformy, the capacity to organize.

Enformy is conserved. It is also intertransformable with energy and mass. Thus, energy, mass, and enformy are three distinct descriptors of the universe. Energy accounts for work, mass accounts for matter, and enformy accounts for organization.

The concept of enformy and its implications not only explains the occurrence of life, it resolves the classical mind/body problem, and predicts the occurrence of telepathy and "ghost" phenomena. Because it also applies to non-living systems, the concept resolves the mysteries of Schrodinger's cat of quantum mechanics and the principle of least action of classical mechanics. Thus, enformy provides a conceptual framework for integrating the physical, biological, and psychological sciences.