Sunday, February 18, 2018

Dryer Lint

Dryer lint is a sort of magic; clothes are put in the dryer and clothes and lint come out. Classic philosophers might suggest that lint is produced ex nihilo, but the modern conclusion must be that the lint is subtracted from the clothes being dried, which in turn suggests two things. First, my clothes must be getting thinner every time I dry them, and I suppose that if I kept drying them indefinitely, they would disappear entirely.

This is very similar to the way rock works; igneous rock (the clothes) is ground down to dust (the lint), which is then compacted into sedimentary and metamorphic rock and so on. The second conclusion, then, if lint follows the pattern of rock, is that it should be possible to recycle dryer lint into new fabric (felt maybe?) and continue the cycle. None of this is empirical, of course, but that just means the logic is purer, right?

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