Slate published a story “Four Reasons You Shouldn’t Exist“.
This story sounds like a mix of physics, philosophy and religion too… Interesting read for everybody. However, because of my cell phone “connection” something “rang” in my brains – I guess non-thermally 😉
The story brought to my mind a very common opinion of physicists speaking about the low energy of the cell phone radiation.
The most common conclusion of physicists is that such low amount energy cannot do anything to living matter. Physicists, then, continue to present a very long list of different physical phenomena and laws of physics that they know and they examined and did not find any possibility for the observed in laboratory biological effects of cell phone radiation.
Physicists say then – it is impossible for cell phone radiation, at the levels permitted by the safety limits, to cause any biological effects and you, biologists, apparently do not know what you are talking about.
Physics said so-and-so and this should be the end of the story.
However, it is not the end. Either physicists are scientifically arrogant and imagine to know everything what is there to know about the energy and matter or, we, biologists are bunch of wackos who see something where it is not – as I often say – bunch of ghost busters.
However, I would like to give myself and other biologists a benefit of doubt.
I find it difficult to believe that all the observed effects are just mirages. I think that there might be something what physicists are either missing in their evaluations or something what is not yet known. Otherwise, among other possibilities, as per Slate article, we should not exist.
While physics governs the universe, the living matter has more to it. And I do not go intu spiriual deliberations…
What living matter has and what physicists do not always understand or acknowledge or include in their calcualtions?
Well, physicist may see a molecule that when receives energy begins to bounce between state A and state B. This is OK and might be happening, for as long as the energy is supplied, when these states A and B are not in living matter.
In living matter it might happen so, that ,when molecule bounces from state A to state B then it becomes available for interaction with another molecule. Once molecules interact, the bouncing molecule might not anymore be able to bounce back to state A.
Physics laws are obeyed – molecule got energy and bounced from state A to state B and biology laws are obeyed because the molecule in state B interacted with another molecule, like, say, key and lock…
To conclude this long musing, let’s not yet say that physics says the effects cannot happen. The biological effects seem to happen but we do not know why. It might be so that we do not know everything there is to know about the physics and biology interaction.
This wise notion was also included in IARC report from 2011 classificaion of cell phone radiation as possible carcinogen – if you read the report carefully you will find it. Happy searching 😉
So, in the end, it might be that this blog’s title should be “Physicists say…” because physicists might be wrong. Physics not…