The Echoes of the Mind (171-1-1) Forces


Here’s a simple test of the most basic physics concept: can energetic forces be transferred? Think carefully and answer before reading further.

Forces can’t be transferred. Why? Because forces aren’t real. ~ American physicist Rhett Allain

The classical-physics term force refers to an energetic effect on an object. Energy does not exist: it’s just a word for the idea that immaterial “forces” act upon material objects.

If you got the answer wrong, it probably came from thinking of a force as a property of an object instead of an interaction (between objects). Confusion of concepts is the source of all suffering in the world. Physicists nowadays prudently prefer interaction over force because it is more precise as to what is going on (observable interactions), as contrasted with implicating the result (something being forced).