In 2005, did Brett Lee trigger a global warming wave?
Global Warming and Brett Lee? Are you serious? Well, he was lighting up my TV screen, the spectators, and Tony Greig, with his fiery deliveries against England in July 2005. His EEN (Emotional Energy Neutron) rating must have been at least 200 or more, over five days. During play in the Australia vs England test, those two teams were pumping out hundreds of EEN’s but no one was discussing the effect of cricket on global warming.
In the intervening years of One Day Internationals, World Series Cricket, Tests, and the Big Bash League, cricket has become even more intense than it was in 2005.
But discussing cricket in that context? How could they? I had only just started to think about it, myself, and it really wasn’t well understood.
It was when I stumbled upon the writings of George W. Crile, M.D. the theory began to demand some investigation.
The Kinetic System of the human body is the source of EENs.
On April 28, 1914, George W Crile delivered an amazing address to the New York State Medical Society where he outlined “The Kinetic System” of the human body. His description of its primary design as the transfer of latent energy into motion (35%) (read: play cricket) and into heat (65%) (read: emotional energy neutrons), immediately caught my eye.
He gave six specific circumstances as examples of outcomes when emotions can be clinically measured and proven to increase body heat that we release into the surrounding atmosphere.
While his studies were into the health of the body, and using heat to raise body temperatures to fight disease, in this post we have taken the frivolous liberty of suggesting the released heat could possibly be enough to actually add to global warming. (see my footnote on Dr. Crile, because he was a most forward thinking medical theorist and researcher)
Ergo: 65% of the latent energy players release during a game of cricket is actually heat, contributing to global warming by humans. Only 35% of the latent energy is consumed by the physical motion of the game. But, how to measure it?
We will use calories, Cal, kWh, joules, kJ, and peanuts. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? Especially the chocolate bits – with Picnic® and Snickers®
All energy measurement is relative to the calorie.
We measure energy in a variety ways – all relative to the original calorie (from the Latin word “calor” meaning heat).
This unit is widely used in chemistry and physics, being the amount of heat needed to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water by 1°C. Somewhat simplistic, but you get the point. The SI energy unit is the joule. 4.186 Joule = 1 calories.
Yes, it is the amount of energy required to raise the temperature of one gram of water by one degree, but those measurements are so tiny they are usually expressed in 1000s, and that’s why we need to look at peanuts and calories.
The measure of energy – calories and peanuts.
The calorie is a unit of energy. Physicist Paul Hewitt put it this way: “To the weight watcher, the peanut contains 10 calories. (Why? because the 10 Cal is read as 10 calories, rather than as 10,000 calories. The key is understanding the big C stands for 1,000). Which is something not often spelled out in the fine print on our purchased food.
If you are not mathematically inclined, don’t worry, there is a nifty chart further down which has all the numbers in a simple to read grid.
Even better, let’s make these calories, peanuts, and energy more relevant to our everyday life. Chocolate!!
Peanuts, chocolate, calories, and kWh.
After eating a Mars’ Snickers® bar of peanuts, chocolate and other ingredients, we have all seen funny recoveries on TV commercials when people have been very cranky. Apparently being hungry can make you a little unsociable, at times.
Cadbury’s have their favourite peanut and chocolate bar: Picnic® I actually like them both. I have seen their sizes reduce over the years, so that’s maybe not a bad thing when it comes to calorie counting and global warming.
But what about Brett Lee, I hear you say? Well, we need to look at Kilowatt-hours, too, because that how we are going to measure his heat output.
It is Kilowatt-hours (kWh) which are used to measure global warming. 1.5978 Cal or .3816 kJ equals 1-Kilowatt hour. Using my calculations, a single EEN is equal to 33.087kWh.
In 2005, the Scottish Green Party argued for value based on the measured impact on global warming.
Back in July 2005, Henryk Belda of the Scottish Green Party argued everything we do and produce should be valued and priced according to the number of kWh needed to manufacture it. Its impact on global warming should be measured and priced. It is energy cost which is the most important, they said.
But one thing they did not take into account, nor could they, is the changes in product values and physical composition. And the changing costs of energy production.
The reducing calorie count of our favourite chocolate.
The Calorie count of a Picnic® chocolate and peanut bar has substantially reduced, from 2005 until now in 2017. In 2005, a 55gm Picnic® bar had 299C, (that’s 299,000 calories when you do the multiplication). Enough energy to boil one cup of water.
In 2009, it dropped down to 48.4gm from 50gm, already a reduction from 55gm. In August 2014, the standard Picnic® bar came down to 46g in Australia, noticeably reducing the width of the bar, yet keeping the old size wrapper.
Using a Picnic bar to measure Brett Lee’s EEN
So, my old friend, Picnic® now only offers 244 Cal or 1021Kj. 65% of a Picnic® now only offers 99.25kWh. Which is equal to 297.75 EEN. (See, I haven’t forgotten about Brett Lee, with all this anguish about reducing chocolate bars!)
You can follow my thinking here, if you are of a mind to do so in the detailed chart at the bottom of the post. It has all the numbers.
Changes in Cal energy and kWh
Returning to our physicist, and the theoretical peanut, it releases 10,000 calories (or 41,850 joules) of energy when burned or digested.”
So, following his logic, and the theory of George W. Crile that 65% of our kinetic energy can be released as emotional body heat, the latent energy in a SINGLE peanut of 10C can be expressed as 6,500 calories of body heat (or 27,202 joules of energy. This is the equivalent in our table of three EEN, and thus, one EEN equals 33.087kWh.
Calculating the components of an EEN in cricket
Having grown up in country Western Australia, where sport was a key factor in every day life, I am very familiar with the antics of energetic cricketers, who appeal to the Umpire on the slightest whim. Indeed, I am proud to say that by the age of eight, I was competent in keeping score in a cricket score book, well schooled by my Dad’s friend, Don Stewart, in this photo. I also remember he insisted on calling me “Nancy”, instead of “Lesley”, but I put up with it because I found the layout of the cricket scoring book absolutely fascinating.
In the 40c summer heat of Big Bell, global warming was what we expected every summer.
What are the components of an EEN, in cricket modelling?
On the EEN cricket-modelling concept, many components make up an EEN, on an interactive % basis
fast bowler run up,
all other bowlers’ run up,
being clean bowled or out LBW,
hitting a six,
hitting a four,
making one or more runs,
being caught or run out,
making an appeal,
bowling a wide or a bye,
missing the ball altogether or being dropped
bowling a no ball.
Depending on the mix of bowlers and how the game is progressing, a one-day match can easily create 210 EEN – especially with lots of missed balls, appeals, clean bowled wickets and sixes. Because we calculate EEN on the emotional energy during the game, watching how Brett leaps in the air to appeal or grabs his head in disbelief when the ball goes between bat and wicket was always a treat. While Dennis Lillee and Graham Marsh paired up against Javed Miandad, Oasim Omar and Mudassar Nazar in Adelaide, (9th Dec 1983), I suspect the EEN count was at its highest that day when Geoffrey Lawson took Miandad LBW!
Is Cricket really contributing to global warming?
Can cricket be contributing to global warming, by discharging kinetic energy in a way that can be expressed in kWh?
65% of the kinetic energy in our theoretical 10Cal peanut is equal to three EEN. One EEN is equal to 33.087kWh and 65% of 10C generates 99.261kWh. A one-day game could easily generate 100 EEN, which is the equivalent of 3,308.7 kWh
Of course, we have no basis for a fully Levelised cost of Electricity, for measuring global warming.
Establishing the levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) is impossible. Electricity as a usable energy source is derived in so many different ways, comparisons are indeed fraught with dangerous assumptions which cannot be supported.
On average, in 2011, nuclear power had the lowest electricity production costs at 2.10 cents per kilowatt hour, and petroleum had the highest at 21.56 cents per kilowatt hour.Aug 22, 2012 (see link in the footnote)
If the cost of producing one kWh in Australia is $0.15 cents, it costs $496.31 to manufacture the equivalent EEN heat output of a one-day game of cricket. If, on any given day around the world, 200,000 games of cricket are being played at all levels (school, club, state, international), cricket generates EEN heat values which would cost $99,261,000 to manufacture in Australia. That’s about $18B worldwide in a cricket season of six months.
And here’s the rub!
Brett Lee positively radiates EEN both on and off the ground. And here’s the rub! Over the past thirty years, we were all worrying about global warming creating a hole in the ozone layer. We got the CFC’s out of refrigerators before they went to the tip. We have changing to unleaded petrol. Meantime, our “friends in flannel” pump out EEN’s in a never-ending stream of invisible heat, adding to global warming.
One thing is for sure – we do not have to worry about our kids getting fat! They just have to start playing cricket!
Footnote: While written for humour, we hope this snippet has some educational value for students of cricket. Or even those who would love to have a better understanding of how energy is calculated. We learned a few things, too.
Putting in the detailed numbers, which are used in the table.
These are some of the more detailed numbers I use, which many will find boring, and they are in the table. But for you, who has read this far, I hope you enjoy seeing the number crunching has been done, and done well.
Let’s assume our Peanut (mentioned by Physicist Paul Hewitt as a common way of identifying calorie counting) contains three units of energy we call an EEN. An “Emotional Energy Neutron”, which can be measured against other units of energy. The kilowatt hour (kWh) is a unit of energy. And the joule (J) is a unit of energy (which confusingly can also be called a Watt, but let’s not digress for the moment.) So, an EEN is a unit of energy.
Let’s also assume for a moment our theoretical peanut does contain 10C – that’s 10,000 calories, and 65% of that equals THREE units of EEN.
6,500 calories (6.5Cal), = 27,209 Joule, or 27.209kJ
.3816 kJ equals 1-Kilowatt hour, which means 65% of the kinetic energy available for heat release from our one theoretical peanut equals 71.3024kWh. If that 65% is equivalent to THREE EEN, a single EEN is equivalent to 23.76747kWh.
You can follow my thinking here, if you are of a mind to do so. (because of recurring decimals, etc, there has been some rounding up or down. All these calculations are based on K factors, ie 10,000 = 1K)
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Footnote on George W Crile, MD
With respect to George W Crile, I have read the full paper he delivered, to which I have referred in this story. For copyright reasons, I cannot quote nor link to it. It is not my intention to detract from his amazing work. He discovered previously unrealised interactions between key bodily organs, which need each other to provide the most beneficial use of what he refers to a kinetic energy, discharged through either motion or heat.
I have long been fascinated by the concept of kinetic energy and the why’s and when’s of it being put into force.
These links are useful and will definitely help you check into some of my sources.
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