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|Cover to the 2006 book Heat: A Graphic Reality Check for Teens Dealing With Sexuality by Marcus Brotherton, a visual idea of the nature of the physics of "heat" in social (social heat) and or sexual (sexual heat) terms. |
In 1985, author Joseph Conte, in his chapter on the use of information theory usage in Don DeLillo’s 1985 White Noise, cites the following passage from the beginning of the novel in which Murray Siskin, a New York emigrant, is said to “postulate an equation between cities and thermodynamic entropy”: 
“Heat. This is what cities mean to me. You get off the train and walk out of the station and you are hit with the full blast. The heat of air, traffic and people. The heat of food and sex. The heat of tall buildings. The heat that floats out of the subways and the tunnels. It’s always fifteen degrees hotter in the cities. Heat rises from the sidewalk and falls from the poisoned sky. The buses breathe heat. Heat emanates from crowds of shoppers and office workers. The entire infrastructure is based on heat, desperately uses up heat, breeds more heat. The eventual heat death of the universe that scientists love to talk about is already well underway and you can feel it happening all around you in any large or medium-sized city. Heat and wetness.”
Conte goes on to argue that Siskind “conceptualizes the city in thermodynamic terms as an engine,” which as it “performs work, dissipates energy in the form of heat.” The concept of sexual heat is thus argues to be bound up in the operation of the heat engine structure of the city.
The following are related quotes:
“The effect of heat on sex determination is reversed with turtles, for whom a higher incubation temperature produces females.”— Leland Chunt (2007) (Ѻ)
● Sexual chemistry
● Social heat
● Animal heat
● In heat
● Sexual temperature
● Sexual thermometer
1. Conte, Joseph M. (2002). Design and Debris: A Chaotics of Postmodern American Fiction (pg. 134). University of Alabama Press.
2. Brotherton, Marcus. (2006). Heat: A Graphic Reality Check for Teens Dealing With Sexuality. Multnomah Books.
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