[ExI] paradox?

Will Steinberg steinberg.will at gmail.com
Tue Mar 22 16:03:23 UTC 2016

If you take heroin every day, your body puts more opioid receptors on the
cells, because then it takes more heroin to activate the same amount of
receptors--your body thinks those are opioids made within itself, and
thinks it needs to normalize the response in order to maintain homeostasis
(body balance).  In the same way, if your body senses a chronic temperature
shift, it probably does the same thing with heat receptors.  Your body is
trying to have the same internal response to a changing external
environment.  So in the summer, the temperature at which your body begins
to heat up the skin rises--because the environment is doing that heating
for you, basically.
On Mar 22, 2016 11:52 AM, "William Flynn Wallace" <foozler83 at gmail.com>

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