Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Ultimate Fate of the Earth

Each day ideas run in and out of my mind.  I spend all day sorting through the mental processes of which have consumed my energy and time, and pick out what I choose to remember, and what I throw to the depths of my lower-state conscious mindset.  This week, during my alone time, I've been thinking about the Earth, and its ultimate fate.  We live on a finite planet yet we continue to use a linear system thinking that we will always have readily available resources.  I spoke in 2012 about taking advantage of things such as asteroids and comets which are full of resources in which we need here on Earth.  We need metals for structures, gold for high fashion and/or efficient electricity if we ever decide to stop using it for jewelry considering gold and other precious metals can withstand heat as hot as the sun since they are made the end of the life of a star.  We need a variety of things to continue to live the lifestyles we all take for granted.  In the end, we need the most important thing and that's water, which again is something we take for granted, and never really use to its full and utmost potential.  The U.S. consumes nearly 30% of the world’s resources every year because we've become a society whose thoughts pertain to the now instead of how the now effects the then, or simply put, we aim towards the quick fix or quick attainability rather than understanding the long term effects of the plans we have decided to dive into.  As a world, we consume 2.5 years of resources in 1 year.  In the end, our fate as a species lies in our ability to adapt to a dynamic system, to engage in exploration of outside resources, understanding the mind of mother-nature and what causes her to act, and realize that we are on a path of self-destruction unless we change.  I see many places all over the world that are slowly progressing towards a modern, environmental approach while others are still money hungry and anal-retentive.  They refuse to change regardless of what happens to themselves and the others around them.  In the end, the fate of the Earth remains in the ability to maintain the gravitational field of the Earth to keep a working and sustainable atmosphere and supply of water to protect ourselves. 

As I have mentioned, we live on a finite planet with a finite amount of resources.  We continue to blow up mountains, and dig deeper into our soil in search of material and energy sources.  The United States and China probably consume over 50% of the world’s resources because of American society and Chinese growth and development.  We cannot sustain such growth on such a medium sized planet forever.  We must, and we are, planning to exploit space objects such as asteroids and comets to extract what we need to survive because at some point we are not going to be able to keep taking from our planet if we want to live here.  The next frontier will be the solar system, and who knows what human emotion with occur there when no government will be there to intervene against human greed and emotion.  I simply use logic to make decisions, and try to rarely allow my emotions get the best of me, and I am only 23 years old, I don't get why grown men act like little kids, is it that their brains haven't evolved enough or did their parents raise them to think the world owes them something and everything should just be given to them because they are who they are?

The more entropy you add to a system the more chaotic it will get.  For example, an apple is such an information system that has low entropy.  Once eaten, it is broken down in the digestive system, and is converted into sugar that can be used as a means to energize the body.  That energy is than transformed into heat which we give off which is in a high state of entropy because it will be nearly impossible to put that information back to its whole form again as an apple because the information is scrambled in such a manner that is chaotic, and to encode that system of energy you'd have to reconnect the pieces digitally rather than analogously as the Quantum Physicist Seth Lloyd said in his book, "Programming the Universe."  As you transfer energy into heat it goes from a system of low entropy into a system of high energy which causes small fluctuations in air pressure which, in turn, turns into giant storms as more and more heat is released into a closed system.  This system becomes more volatile because there is simply no place for the energy to go, but a system always tries to balance itself out. During this balance, the Earth's climate begins to change, and in turn, heats up which causes more high entropy systems that increase the systems volatility.  In the end, we need to search for a means to produce energy that is not created by lighting something on fire, and water is the key.  If you don't use as much energy to create energy, we can conserve energy/matter, and in turn, sustain a lower entropy environment that is more suitable for us.

We come to the final chapter, and that is gravity and the atmosphere.  As we dig deeper into the Earth and exploit what the Creator has given us, we start to convert that mass into energy.  As the mass decreases, so does the systems gravitational force on objects.  The more we take the less pull the Earth's core will have on the things in which it has a positive attraction to.  Over time that attractive force will not be strong enough to keep hold on things in which it holds dearly for its survival, and the survival of its inhabitants.  As a result, over time the Earth will lose its atmosphere due to its lack of gravitational force as we exploit its mass.  I would not dare estimate how long it will be until that occurs, I can just infer at some time it will happen.  I tend to think that is what happened to Mars.  A civilization consumed all the resources on Mars, and eventually the atmosphere was released due to the lack of gravitation pull Mar's core had on the surrounding system, and because it lacked the mass it, in turn, ran out of energy to keep its ecosystem and volcanic activity alive.  In the end, the more we extract the more we are losing in terms of our gravitational force.
On top of decreasing the gravitational field as you subtract mass from the Earth, we will eventually dry up the Earth's water supply if we don't stop being reckless with our use of it.  In order to create steam from liquid, you must heat it up, and it take energy to break the bonds of the water molecule.  From the laws of thermodynamics, one can infer that we will slowly run out of water, but honestly we will be long gone before that day happens.  A man has come up with a means to create an energy system that works as a self-sustained energy cycle off of water, and by recapturing water after its turned into steam, it can be continuously used as a means to create renewable energy.  This goes to show you how great water is, and how obsolete gas is because once you burn it, its gone forever, water just changes states depending on the temperature.

Human beings are left with several options.  We can find a new place to live when it’s all said and done, whether it’s in an underground facility on Mars, or other Earth like planets in the galaxy, but in the end mankind will never be the same in the next few centuries.  In order to sustain a working environment here on Earth for as long as we can, we must learn from our mistakes, and thrive as we are the most adaptable creatures in the known universe.  We must let go of the past processes, and work towards the future planning for success of the whole.  Water is the key to all of our problems, yet many are too blind to see it. Hydrogen and Oxygen are some the most powerful elements in the universe, and together they make something so precious that words don't do it justice.  In the end, we must adapt now or suffer later; the choice is ours as a whole to make!

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