Einstein: "Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another."

Is a human thought merely energy that is changed from one form to another?


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  • $\begingroup$ Do you mean is signals in the brain ( a thought) energy ? $\endgroup$ – Tausif Hossain Jun 13 '17 at 8:00
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, thoughts are energy. Is a thought created energy or merely energy changed from one form to another? $\endgroup$ – user96469-Preston Jun 13 '17 at 8:09
  • $\begingroup$ Thoughts are created by chemicals called neurotransmitters that travel across synapses and create electrical impulses, so yes the energy is of course converted from chemical to electrical energy in thoughts. $\endgroup$ – Tausif Hossain Jun 13 '17 at 8:14
  • $\begingroup$ Energy can be created? $\endgroup$ – user96469-Preston Jun 13 '17 at 8:18
  • $\begingroup$ No, it is transferred from chemical form TO electrical form. $\endgroup$ – Tausif Hossain Jun 13 '17 at 8:19

An analogue to your question:

Is this answer you are reading merely a change of energy from one form to another?

When thinking of complex quantities one has to be able to understand the concept of meta-level and emerging quantities.

A radio program rides on electromagnetic waves, it is a meta level on the energy carried by the waves.

In the same way thoughts need the chemical energies of neurons and electronic transitions and etc biological functions, but they ride on these, as a meta level, an encoding.

So changes in energy are necessary for thoughts to exist , but not sufficient.

  • $\begingroup$ Is a thought, new, non-transformed energy? $\endgroup$ – user96469-Preston Jun 13 '17 at 8:23
  • $\begingroup$ No, it is an encoding on energy forms, similar to the signals coming to the radio are encoded on the electromagnetic wave that carries it. $\endgroup$ – anna v Jun 13 '17 at 8:28
  • $\begingroup$ Can energy such as a thought be considered "created energy"? $\endgroup$ – user96469-Preston Jun 13 '17 at 8:30
  • $\begingroup$ Is what I am writing here the alphabet? The alphabet is necessary for writing a language, but not sufficient. It needs an encoding using the alphabet. Thoughts are changes in a complicated energy alphabet composed of chemical and electronic transition forms of energy. it is transformations of energy from one form to another that allow encodings $\endgroup$ – anna v Jun 13 '17 at 8:31
  • $\begingroup$ If you mean "is it necessary to spend energy, which the organism has acquired from food, for thought to be formed, the answer is yes. But it is not new energy, it came from the food calories and will be dispersed in radiation at the end. Thoughts are a complicated encoding on this. $\endgroup$ – anna v Jun 13 '17 at 8:37

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