How life makes energy in to matter


My sense is that many people lack a simple understanding of “the basics” and get very confused (and sometimes argumentative) about “minutiae” (trivia). One basic issue is that most people may think of compounds (and elements) as “eternal.” There are many examples that disprove that.

The universe can form elements out of energy. The idea that all matter was created all at once in a big bang is nonsense.

Elements are just forms of energy, composed of sub-atomic fields of energy (what quantum physicists often call “probability”). When a skin cell makes Vitamin D “out of sunlight,” that has been described like this:

“Your skin contains a cholesterol substance called provitamin D3 that reacts with the ultraviolet-B (or UVB) rays in sunlight to form vitamin D3.”

Compounds are composed of the energetic fields called “elements” (atoms). Elements can be created from energy (just as atomic energy can be “made from” the form of energy known as matter). Compounds are not directly made from energy, but atomic elements are made directly from energy and then they can bond together to make compounds, such as NaCl.

How does one element “change in to another element?” When a little field of energy called a proton is bombarded in to the nucleus of a Carbon atom (which is a clump of energetic fields), then we call that new clump of energy (with the extra proton) by the name of Nitrogen. However, the Carbon did not disappear. Carbon is just a label for a certain form of energy. Everything (almost) that we called “Carbon” is still present in the “new” element of Nitrogen that was just created in the nuclear reaction / nuclear explosion / nuclear power plant etc…..

The universe did not make Nitrogen out of Carbon. There is no such substance as carbon. Carbon is the name of a particular form of energetic fields. The universe simply added some energy to a field that we call Carbon and then we call that new field Nitrogen.

There are not 100+ distinct realities (subatomic elements) that occasionally cross or mix. That 19th century model is absolutely false (nonsense).

There is a continuum of energy. The distinct (stable) fields of energy include protons and electrons and neutrons, among many other patterns of energy.

There are distinct elements. There are distinct compounds. NaCl is one very common compound.

The first single-celled life on this planet evolved from sea water (which is a mixture rich in a variety of energy patterns including many atomic elements such as sodium and Chlorine). You are evolved from sea water, which includes huge amounts of the form of energy called salt.


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2 Responses to “How life makes energy in to matter”

  1. josephsabater Says:

    And what interesting intermediate states of evolution! And whither from here?

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