Imagine a little ball spinning in space. It is a beautiful little ball, mostly blue, with some brown and green. It also has a clear varnish speckled with whisks of white. We will call this little spinning blue ball Earth.
Now also imagine someone shines a very bright light on Earth- we will call this light source the Sun. And just to keep our story simple- but of course we know the story is really never simple- we will also assume the Sun’s light intensity to be constant, e.g. never fluctuate.
As a little reminder to our regular readers, e.g. all six of us, we people of the science cloth have a sacred commandment in our first Talmudic book of physics known as the commandment of the first law of thermodynamics. Others popularly refer to this commandment as “the conservation of energy”.
As a second reminder, Talmudic interpretive scholars called scientists tell us the basic idea behind this this commandment is that “energy can be transformed (changed from one form to another), but it can neither be created nor destroyed”.
They do remind us of a little caveat: the conservation of energy is only true for closed systems.
As a third reminder, a closed system is a system with impermeable boundaries which NOTHING can either enter or escape. A closed system is a perfect garden or perfect prison so to speak- depending on ones interpretation of the same thing.
Now if you think about it, as long as the sun’s light is constant, our beautiful little ball called earth is a closed system. It is the perfect garden (or prison).
And IF the conservation of energy applies to earth, as our great scientific scholars tell us it must, then “energy can be transformed from one form to another within the little ball called earth, but it can neither be created nor destroyed.”
There can be lots of change within that little ball, but the energy in it will remain constant.
Now most people know this stuff; it is rare to get much disagreement over ideas like perpetual motion machines are impossible, etc…
What is much harder for most people to accept is the idea that such concepts have relevance to society, to social order, to evolution, to the family, to sexuality, to friendship, to cooperation, to social networks, to politics, to love, to everything- but they do.
Indeed, to many people, the idea is bizarre and unnatural and is even seen as heretical amongst many of the scientific Magesterium itself.
Yet I am a scientific scholar of our scientific Talmud, I am in search of truth. And as such, it is my job to read our most sacred Talmudic texts and see if there is undiscovered wisdom.
We shall start this journey in our next post.
But as you breathlessly wait for my next post, I would like you to consider the following issue...
If the conservation of energy is real (e.g. you have faith in our scientific Talmud) AND we are talking about a closed system (such as earth) then the conservation of energy within this closed system must also mean the conservation of risk within the same system. For if risk were not conserved, energy would not be conserved either and one could build a device where we could trade one risk for another and in the process lower our risk perpetually- creating a “perpetual risk reduction machine”. In effect we would be creating energy out of nothing. If you believe perpetual motion machines are impossible, then perpetual risk reduction machines are similarly impossible as well.
The conservation of energy ALWAYS means the conservation of risk.
Link to Part II- The Conservation of Risk
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