Elizabeth Porteus

Elizabeth Porteus nsIn existographies, Elizabeth Dole Porteus (1911-2010) (CR:10) was an American writer and philosopher noted, in philosophical thermodynamics, for her "impulse theory" of happiness, on the relationship between thermodynamics and happiness. [1] Her generalized philosophy about life is that since, according to the generalized colloquial point of view of the second law as a “law of disintegration”, meaning that “complicated arrangements always break down into less complicated ones”, a state of happiness in life will ensue when one follows the "impulse of integration". [2]

Porteus obtained her bachelors degree in child study at Vassar College and a masters degree in social work at the Smith College School. In college, a Vassar Professor challenged her to come up with her own philosophy. This stimulus drove Porteus, over the next sixty years, to develop a thermodynamic-based view of child-raising, working, and living as described by her theory of happiness.

Porteus, of curiosity, being the daughter of American self-made industrialist James Dole (1877-1958), aka the “Pineapple King”, the founder of Dole Food Company, was as a child known as the “pineapple princess” of Hawaii, having a bit of American royalty upbringing. (Ѻ)

1. (a) Dole, Elizabeth P. (2005). “Life, the Second Law of Thermodynamics, and Happiness, Journal of Human Thermodynamics, Vol. 1, Issue 3. (pg. 21-26). October. Chicago: Institute of Human Thermodynamics.
(b) Porteus, Elizabeth, D. (1987). My Twentieth Century Philosophy. New York: Carlton Press, Inc.
(c) Thims, Libb. (2007). Human Chemistry (Volume Two), (preview), (pgs. 518, 664). Morrisville, NC: LuLu.
2. Porteus, Elizabeth P. (1999). The Porteus Philosophy of Life: The Secret of Happiness, (Nov. 14). Hawaii: Porteus Family Publishing.

Further reading
● Anon. (2010). “Obituary: Elizabeth Dole Porteus”, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Aug. 7th.

External links
Elizabeth Porteus Dole - Porteus.com

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