[ExI] paradox?

William Flynn Wallace foozler83 at gmail.com
Tue Mar 22 15:51:02 UTC 2016

On Tue, Mar 22, 2016 at 10:48 AM, Will Steinberg <steinberg.will at gmail.com>

> On Mar 22, 2016 11:34 AM, "William Flynn Wallace" <foozler83 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >
> > Y'all like puzzles, Spike says, so here is one I have been wondering
> about:
> >
> > In the winter we set the thermostat during the day at 71 and that's
> about our feel good temperature.  72 feels just a bit high and 70 a bit
> low.  I am a bit surprised that we can tell the temp of just a degree or
> two.  Night setting is 68.
> >
> > No change is made according to outside temp.  There is a factor that is
> probably irrelevant:  persistence of cold.  When we come in from the cold
> our feeling of coldness lasts much longer than it takes to warm our skin.
> Not understood.  There is no persistence of warmth.
> >
> > In the summer we set it at 76.  Any lower is too cold (the winter night
> setting of 68 feels frigid in the summer), and higher is too hot.
> >
> > Now why should our preferred temp be so different according to the
> seasons?  It would seem that it should be the same regardless of what the
> temp is outside.
> >
> > Note that I am assuming that the humidity in the house is about the same
> winter and summer.
> >
> > Now if we compare:  if we wanted the temp to be the greatest difference
> between the house and outside, we'd set it at 76 in the winter and 71 in
> the summer.
> >
> > If we wanted the difference to be the smallest, we'd set it just like we
> do now. But maybe the difference is not a controlling factor here.
> >
> > However, I don't know what is.  Any of you notice the difference in
> settings between summer and winter, and if, so, is it like ours or
> different?
> >
> > ???
> >
> > bill w
> >
> I'd harbor a guess that in higher temperatures than "normal" (maybe the
> thermodynamic equilibrium of skin?  Or actually, let's start at birth.
> When you're born and begin to be raised in an environment of a certain
> temperature, some process dictates the recruitment of a certain 2D molarity
> (molecules/m^2) of thermoreceptors to your skin cells to create
> thermodynamic equilibrium in your skin.  That's "normal" for now)--so at
> higher temperatures than normal, more receptors get recruited to skin
> cells, and your temperature tolerance goes up briefly.  Chronic activation
> therein causes longer term upregulation.
> ​Thanks, but would you put that in English, please?  bill w​
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