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Reply To: The “Mythology” of Science



For me the distinction is more basic and primal . The sensory awareness of heat is an evolved characteristic of life. Evolved to aid in survival through natural selection.  A response to heat is also an evolved characteristic of life … Though it could be argued that inanimate matter also responds to heat. Which begs the question what is Life? Abstract concepts like degrees and pain are constructs of mind ? Water boils where it boils what we name that point , call that point, is a symbolic  representation a metaphor. 373.15°K.  There is also the effects of gravity pressure impurities to take into consideration with regards to the boiling point of water. But wherever two or more are gathered in agreement fruitful discourse can be under taking. I do so enjoy the mythic spirit of Truth and where It is planted buried by the under taking of the undertaker …

Heat thermal convection ? Cycle ?

“An MIT physicist has proposed the provocative idea that life exists because the law of increasing entropy drives matter to acquire lifelike physical properties.“

Clarke Quotes. “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

Any sufficiently primitive technology is indistinguishable from myth.

“A rebuttal to the ambiguous “sufficiently advanced” part has been offered by another science fiction author: “Any technology, no matter how primitive, is magic to those who don’t understand it.””

“In boiling, bubbles of gas form throughout the liquid. They rise to the surface and escape to the surroundings, forming a gas. The amount of energy needed to change state from solid to liquid, and from liquid to gas, depends on the strength of the forces between the particles of a substance.”

“Yes, every element can be made solid, liquid, or gas. It will take very high temperatures to make Tungsten gas, and very low temperatures and high pressure to make solid helium. No, not all elementshave a triple point between the three traditional phases.”

“Boiling is a phase transition from the liquid phase to the gas phase that occurs at or above the boiling temperature. Boiling is the rapid vaporization of a liquid and occurs when a liquid is heated to its boiling point.”

That boiling water is painful to the touch of a living human is a giving. What that pain is how it is received perceived interpreted measured, is open to contextual analysis. To adhere to and project one right answer is against the scientific method. It is conforming to dogma. Dogma is always a safe path, but there is always more beyond.

A ‘dogma’ is defined as a principle or set of principles laid down by an authority and held to be incontrovertibly true. However, rarely if ever can dogmatic claims be made in science.


Where poetic Myths boil in the cauldron in the crucible … that is where the pain and suffering of life is … Lots of fun to imagine the rising the ascension from the turmoil … “Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and caldron bubble.”