Energy – introduction

Have you ever looked around you and tried to visualise how your surround would be if humans hadn’t evolved or how it would change if humans were to become extinct. It would surely be a more tranquil world as we, the supposedly intelligent life form, seem to be the most stressed and agitated life form. Whilst most living things only take from the environment that which they need to survive and reproduce their like; human demands on the environment seem limitless.

Many species have become extinct and others are under threat of extinction as a result of changes we have made to the environment. Now our demands for energy and other resources seemingly threaten us with extinction. Burning fossil fuels to get our energy needs adds to the carbon dioxide levels in our atmosphere. Its increase is sending more earth emitted energy radiations back to the earth. That returning of energy is why we refer to carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas.

In the diagram above the longer wave heat energies circling between the earth and the atmosphere are on the increase. They are contributing to global warming and climate change.

By way of making matters worse deforestation is removing trees that, like plants, are very much carbohydrate energy stores created by the drawing in of carbon dioxide, sun energy and root water. If less energy is stored in trees it has to go somewhere and if they are not taking in carbon dioxide it ends up in our atmosphere.

I do think it would make for considerably reduced stress in our lives if we were less driven by economics and innovations and the “must haves” of our modern lives and instead cooperated so as to satisfy our basic human needs. However, my blogs on energy are not about the rights and wrongs of man’s treatment of his environment.

My blogs on energy are more about what energy is and about how it behaves. Some regard energy as not a reality They regard it as just a mathematical construct, a calculation. But can something that clearly has such impact on our environment really be unreal?

Albert Einstein’s famous E = mc2 has mass, our measure of a structure’s matter, as a measure of energy. Photon radiations travelling from structure to structure at light speed through space are energy and Einstein told us that when they are released from a structure it is at the expense of its mass.

If material structures are in reality composed of energies that interact via energy exchanges we must surely regard energy as real and the basis of everything. Can you think of anything that isn’t either energy or space?

Solid, liquid and gaseous structures aren’t as we see them. All earthly structures are composed of neutron, proton and electron particles. They are energy nodes in space yet you may be surprised to learn that such particles take up less than 0.000001% of the space that a structure occupies. Atoms, molecules and compounds that build into solids, liquids and gases are just collections of particle energy nodes that work well together over the relatively vast space volumes between them.

There are no boundaries round structures. Outermost electron particles of one structure may be seriously under the influence of another structure. Such influences may combining smaller structures into larger ones or may be keeping structures apart and independent of one another.

Clearly photons engaging with structures are in reality engaging with particles, because that is what structures are, and photons being released by structures must be being released by particles. Strangely science seems reluctant to accept that it is actual photon energies that pass between the particles that make for structures. Instead it talks of particles having an inbuilt charge property and only occasionally talks of virtual photons.

Surely real photon energies play a part in the atomic world, attracting particles together and yet keeping them apart just as they do in the macro world of the structures that particles create? Surely the macro world we observe and which we know so much about is just a total of zillions upon zillions of interacting particle energy nodes.

The blogs on energy that follow will try to convince you that energy is a living proactive thing.

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