Elective affinities scale

In scales, elective affinities scale, or "Elective Affinities Belief Scale", is a 1 to 10 scale of belief indicative of, in short and predominately, whether or not one believes that people are types of chemicals that react together according to the rules and regulations of the physicochemical laws; whether or not one believes Goethe's human chemical theory and that the principles illustrated in Goethe’s Elective Affinities (1809) are true—as he famously said was the case, in his "best book" incident, where, in response to a woman who accosted him, following it's publication, stating that it was an “immoral book”, he replied with the cryptic response: “the principle illustrated in the book is true and not immoral”, the two visual images of people, shown below, being two recent film remakes, i.e. Les affinities electives (1996) and Afinidades (2010), theatrically showing this so-called "principle" at work.

On 30 Nov 2015, the following visual diagram, of the elective affinities belief scale, was made (Ѻ) for the immediate purpose to query Preston MacDougall as to where he stood on the scale, being that he is one of the few people to make the discerning Gibbs and Goethe connection, historically speaking, i.e. whether Goethe’s human chemical theory is a near-accurate model of reality (closer to 10), pure analogy (closer to 1), or somewhere between analogy and reality (closer to 5):

Elective Affinities scale (Goethe lettering)

The “elective affinities scale”, showing the number-estimated views of: Ryan Grannell (2011), Christoph Wieland (1809), Erland Lagerroth (2013), Christopher Hirata (2000), Fielding Garrison (1910), Gundula Sharman (1997), and Victoria Woodhull (1871) in respect to Goethe’s 1796 human chemical theory and its expounding in his Elective Affinities (1809). Note one: Hirata’s estimate is of his own theory, which is a modern equivalent human chemical thermodynamics version of Goethe’s theory, albeit done without knowledge of Goethe. Note two: the Lagerroth statement is his holism-compatibilist view of Thimsextreme reductionism deconstruction of Goethe’s human chemical theory.

The above belief scale, in more detail, is indicative of the range of beliefs expressed historically in the following three areas:

(a) the variety of views expressed on the Gibbs and Goethe page, namely people who understand, in some connective sense, the “free energy” work of Willard Gibbs, and how this connects, historically, via derivation, back through the “affinities” work of Goethe;
(b) the Elective Affinities "enemies" and "admirers" split, showing the dividing lines, over the last two centuries;
(c) the general split of beliefs in respect to modern human chemical thermodynamics, i.e. whether one is a supporter, detractor, or fence-sitter of the views expressed in, e.g. Christopher Hirata taking the non-confrontational middle-ground on his “The Physics of Relationships” (2000), stating that views expressed are but just "fun" kid stuff, albeit a worthless topic, or the heat (debate heat) inherent amid the ongoing: Rossini debate (2006), Moriarty-Thims debate (2009), or Beg-Thims dialogue (2014), etc.

The Bergman reaction symbols (A, B, C, D, +, →) equation overlay visual effect were added, and or possibly worked to stimulate the inception of the scale, following the discovery 2010 Afinidades, image shown above (right), a Spanish modern-remake of the film, which is shown next to the 1996 Les affinities electives, the French-Italian production of the film, image shown above (left); giving lead into the query: if various countries, e.g. Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and nearly America (see: Francis Ford Coppola), are make films depicting the dark “feeling” anchored philosophy espoused therein, particularly in the Spanish version, there where do others explicitly stand on this scale of beliefs (see: Elective Affinities (films)). In some sense, the scale is endemic of the free will vs love reaction paradox split in recent polled views. Note: the letter placement above

Afinidades | Characters
The following shows each character: Bruno/Captain (Vladimir Cruz), Magda/Ottilie (Gabriela Griffith), Christian/Charlotte (Cuca Escribano), and Nestor/Edward (Jorge Perugorria), each labeled (A,B,C,D), as a different heightened reactive state chemical species, according to the Goethe lettering scheme (itself based on the Bergman lettering scheme), from the 2010 Afinidades modern-remake of Elective Affinities, labeled according to which role each "new" character is filling, in respect to the original:

Afinidades (letter labeled)

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The following are related quotes:

“Based on the scale captions, I would put myself at 8 on that scale. I think that the ‘work of man’ is just one of many types of work.”
Jeff Tuhtan (2015), response to query (Ѻ) about position on EA belief scale (image only), Dec 2

“I read through the scale thoroughly, and must place myself at 10.”
Peter Mander (2015), response (Ѻ) to query of position on Elective Affinities scale (above page), Dec 5 [1]

“Concerning your EA-scale, I would vote for 5, because much more empirical work is needed to prove human inter-action (e.g. genetic affinities, due to inherited traits/Soviet research was focusing on human temperament).”
Stephen Ternyik (2015), poll response (Ѻ), Dec 7

1. Mander, Peter. (2013). “Ranking on Entropy, Love and Marriage” (Ѻ), CarnotCycle blog, Feb 1.

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