Originally posted by DIRTMASTER
I love science but that just shows that Physics is still flawed. Since things do die. despite everything science has accomplished so far. I still
think are egos are to big for our britches. We have a lot to learn and will prove ourselves wrong many more times before we get the real clue..
Originally posted by Paul_Richard
If one goes by the basic principles of physics, then yes, death doesn't make sense.
All it shows is that you and the OP are personally ignorant of the subject at hand. Which isn't to say that science knows anything for certain, let
alone everything, but this topic is trivially simple. an eighth grader should be able to easily understand what happens.
Basically, death doesn't make sense according to your HORRIBLY FLAWED idea of what physics is.
And even by that HORRIBLY FLAWED idea, energy would still be conserved. when you die, you'd be left with one dead body, with an energy equivalent to
the sum total of it's mass, kinetic, chemical, and thermal potential energy, and one soul, with an energy equivalent to the energy of the live body
minus the dead body. energy would be conserved.
Of course, in real life, there is no difference in energy between a live body and a dead body in an immediate sense. (defining biological death is
kind of tricky though, nobody just spontaneously ceases to be alive, as if god turned the boolean value IS_ALIVE 1 to 0)
Seriously, we are made of matter and energy. As far as biology knows, our minds are the result of an absurdly complicated chemical reaction, far, far
more complex than any computer ever built. If this is true, then death makes perfect sense in a physical context. Our minds are essentially the result
of the flow of energy. when we die, our brains cease to function, and energy ceases to flow in the manner that creates conscious thought. Thermal
energy dissipates to the environment, chemical potential energy is made use of by bacteria and other organisms, who use us for food.
In that context, energy is perfectly conserved, and there's nothing more to understand. If you've got some hard evidence for the existence of
consciousness outside a functioning brain, I'm sure everyone would love to hear it.
Originally posted by Schmidt1989
People aren't made of energy. We don't contain energy, we don't produce energy, and we dont use energy to do things. We just call it energy as a
lamen term for the public. Drinking a redbull gives you energy right? Nothing can give you energy.
Energy=Mass times the speed of light. Energy isn't around us, Matter is around us. Energy is a force. We con't control or do anything with it.
[edit on 9/15/2007 by Schmidt1989]
People are made of mass, and contain energy. Like you said, mass is equivalent to energy by E=MC^2. Eating food gives you energy, in the form of
chemical potential energy. An immediately dead corpse who had eaten a full meal shortly before death contains more energy than the living body of the
same person immediately before eating. We use the energy in food to move, think, grow, and create warmth.
Energy is not a force. Energy is the ability to do work. You can have forces that don't consume energy, and energy that is never used to create a
force. We can easily control energy through a multitude of different means. Charging a battery puts more chemical potential energy into a battery, for
example. throwing a ball puts kinetic energy into it.