Thinking without language?
kpaulc at earthlink.net
Wed Nov 24 22:34:48 EST 1999
you were correct. energy-flow is continuous. it's a 'long-story'.
mithomps at indiana.edu wrote:
> Jure Sah wrote:
> > Ok, I admit I goofed it.
> That's okay. Oddly enough though, I remember once when I was nine years
> old saying to my father that perhaps things weren't *really* hot or
> cold. Instead maybe they were really really hot then really really
> cold, but they changed so fast that they felt only a little hot or a
> little cold. My father then asked me, if that was so why did hot things
> make cold things warmer when they were placed in contact? I said it was
> because the really really hot flashes splashed over into the other body
> like higher waves absorbing smaller waves. He had me then and asked
> that if that was so why didn't the waves just cancel out and leave you
> with small waves, and thus really cold temperatures? That meant, he
> pounded another nail into the lid, temperature wasn't like a large wave
> sloshing back and forth, so why should I expect heat to conduct at all
> if the temperature was always changing really really fast? If I'd been
> serious about the thought I could have probably gotten around that
> eventually, but I knew when I was beaten.
> Mikael Thompson
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