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 our 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. Trees, like plants, are very much carbohydrate energy stores, drawing in carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, 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 scientists do not regard energy as a reality They regard it as 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. The photon radiations travelling from structure to structure at light speed through space are energy and whilst science tells us photons have no mass Einstein told us that when photons are released from a structure it is at the expense of its mass. Mass is energy.
If material structures are in reality energies that interact via energy exchanges we must surely regard energy as real and the basis of everything. Accepting the above 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 exchanging energies across 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 combine smaller structures into a larger one if this is in energy terms beneficial or they may keep structures apart and independent of one another if there is no energy benefit. We humans are energy efficient structures and when we come close to a structure we don’t merge with it. Our sense of touch is due to photon energies trying to keep us and the “touched” structure apart. However we do take on board and integrate into our structure the structures of food and oxygen because they are of energy benefit to us.
Clearly photons engaging with structures are in reality engaging with particles, because that is what structures, even tiny cell structures are. Photons being released by structures are being released by particles. Strangely science seems reluctant to accept that it is actual photon energies that pass between and influence the particles that make for structures. Instead it talks of electron and proton particles as having an inbuilt charge property that influences these particles, though now and again it will make reference to virtual photons acting between particles.
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.
Next time you watch and enjoy a colourful TV image, see a beautiful country scene or admire an attractive person, be aware that such shapes and colours are perceptions created in our brain from the energies received by our eyes and emanating from atomic particle structures. Then forget all this and enjoy and protect the treasure trove that is our energy environment.
The blogs on energy that follow will try to convince you that energy is a living proactive thing.