Is Heat a Substance?
Written by Anthony Bright-Paul
Is heat a substance? This is an extremely interesting question and one that all Skeptics should have up their sleeves.
I am often challenged on my knowledge of Physics and of Science in general. So, since I am writing for a scientific site, I must make a confession to all of you. I have no science whatsoever – I did not even pass General Sciences in School Certificate, as it was called years ago.
However I did find that Great Nature or the Good Lord has endowed me with a certain facility in what might be called the Dialectic. Moreover the use of questions is a great means of disarming those who cannot distinguish between Knowledge and Understanding.
So, is heat a substance? This simple question can immediately tell a Skeptic whether he is face to face with a person of Knowledge or a person of Understanding. For let us be clear that there are hordes of Scientists who have knowledge, but not too many have understanding at all.
What is the answer? Heat is defined as a transfer of kinetic energy between two systems. Hullo! What does that infer? If heat is not a substance, if heat is an abstract, if heat is a ‘transfer of kinetic energy’ all the business of heat being trapped disappears in the face of one question.
Can a Greenhouse trap heat? Clearly a Greenhouse can trap air, cold air, warm air and hot air for a time? So the air may be trapped, but is the heat trapped? Clearly, as the sun rises the temperature of the air inside also rises, and as the sun sets the temperature declines to seek equilibrium with the outside air. Ergo, the heat is not trapped and can never be trapped, because it is not a substance.
With one simple question, the whole of Greenhouse Gas theory is dispelled. The Greenhouse Gases are supposed to trap heat and cause Anthropogenic Global Warming. Here is a quotation from https://climate.nasa.gov/causes/
That’s because greenhouse gases are trapping heat in the lower atmosphere.
Sorry, NASA. Greenhouse Gases cannot possible trap a transfer of kinetic energy in the Lower Atmosphere. That would be just a nonsense and is an example of some knowledge but no understanding. Heat cannot be trapped, either in the Lower or Upper or Middle atmosphere.
What is the Lower Atmosphere anyway? I have had to look this up – it means the Troposphere. Why did they not say so in the first place?
The Troposphere is about 12 miles high for most of us who live in Europe or America, or about 23,000 feet if you are a pilot. I hear from friends of mine in Australia that they are suffering from unusually high temperatures, while my friends in Canada and the USA report severe cold.
Are we seriously to believe from this that the Lower Atmosphere is warming? So here is another question. Is there one single temperature in the Lower Atmosphere, more rightly called the Troposphere, which is 12 miles high? Even those scientists who have a lot of knowledge, but perhaps not too much understanding must know that there are millions of different temperatures in this vast area, constantly changing at 3,600 times an hour!
A greenhouse can trap a substance, but it cannot trap heat. A greenhouse on occasions may trap a bird or even a fox – my conservatory did – but it can never trap heat.
So here is the final question: Can a Greenhouse Gas trap heat as NASA avers?
Lord, save me from the harpies for even daring to suggest such a question.
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