Energy: The mystery with lots of clues.

August 6th, 2010

You hear the word energy used often enough. There’s green energy, renewable energy and energy conservation. You can buy energy drinks, get an energy home analysis or find energy-saving tips. Our government has a Department of Energy. We talk about having a high-energy day, a low-energy afternoon or just plain nervous energy. And then there’s the whole list of scientific energies. You know, like thermal energy, mechanical energy, chemical energy and nuclear energy, to name a few.

Scientists will tell you that, bottom line, nothing happens without energy.

So what is energy, anyway? Well, if you can’t define it easily, guess what? Nobody can. In fact, Richard P. Feynman, famed theoretical physicist and Nobel Prize laureate, once noted, “It is important to realize that in physics today, we have no knowledge of what energy is.”

I find it exciting that thousands of scientists at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, and NASA’s Fermi program go to work everyday to figure out the laws of the universe, explain existence and, ultimately, discover what makes us tick. So I am fascinated by the ideas, theories and phenomena of energy that extend into the area of human thought.

Whether or not you liked science in school, you probably remember that the brain works on electrical impulses. So it’s no mystery that energy powers our brains. So  when we think, we’re converting energy. Our energy changes things, or, as I like to think of it, makes things happen.

When we’re thinking, we’re planning. We can focus our energy and create something. Focus is really just energy moving. Let’s think about that.


4 Responses to “Energy: The mystery with lots of clues.”

  1. Chris says:


  2. That was a great post. I couldn’t agree more with your sentiments. Thanks for the effort. Great looking site by the way.

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