In science, friendship is a type of human chemical bond or chemical association that is step above that in strength of a passing acquaintance association, but below that in strength of an intimate sexual relationship bond.

In 1841, American philosopher Ralph Emerson, in his essay on friendship, defined the nature of friendship in terms of chemical affinity, in the context of soul mate theory, as such: [1]

“Conversation is the practice and consummation of friendship and great conversation requires an absolute running together of two souls into one, yet it is affinity that determines which two shall converse.”

This definition, supposedly, was based on German polymath Johann Goethe’s 1809 ‘elective affinity’ description of the coming and goings of friendships. [2] The term 'soul', used here, to clarify, is the Ra-theology based term for what would be called "moral movement" described and quantified by the "moral symbols", in modern physical science parlance.

1. Emerson, Ralph. (1941). “Friendship”, pg. 228; #15.
2. Lynch, Sandra. (2005). Philosophy and Friendship (pg. 36). Edinburgh University Press.

External links
‚óŹ Friendship – Wikipedia.

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