HCT | Truth

Truth (Arthur Schopenhauer)The World as Will and Representation (Volume One)
German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer on the "three stages of truth" in regards to stages of acceptance of Goethe's 1796 human chemical theory.
Lecture: “A Guidemap to Human Chemical Thermodynamics: Goethe's Elective Affinities to Human Free Energies”
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“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”

“To truth only a brief celebration of victory is allowed between two long periods during which it is condemned as paradoxical, or disparaged as trivial.”

Stage one: ridicule/trivial disparagement
Stage two: violent opposition/paradoxical condemnation
Stage three: self-evident acceptance

The following timeline, in theme with the above, gives an outline of the specific "truth" Schopenhauer is speaking about above, namely the reception of the truth of the 1796 human chemical theory of his mentor German polyintellect Johann Goethe (pronunciation below):


and how in the centuries following the public presentation of the theory it was both condemned as paradoxical and disparaged as trivial.

Theory presented
The following gives an outline of theory development and presentation:

Oct 3


Goethe discovers the human intermaxillary bone, thus proving that humans evolved from lower animals:

Goethe discovers intermaxillary bone (1920)
Conceives theory:

“To facilitate our comprehension of the concept of organic existence, let us first take a look at mineral structures, whose combinations are determine by laws and conditions. Different components can be easily separated and recombined into new combinations. These combinations can again be taken apart, and the mineral we thought destroyed can soon be restored to its original perfection.
Chemical version vs Human version 2
There are, by nature, stronger or weaker bonds between these components, and when they evidence themselves, they resemble attractions between human beings.

This is why chemists speak of elective affinities, even though the forces that move mineral components [or humans] one way or another and create mineral structures are often purely external in origin, which by no means implies that we deny them the delicate portion of nature’s vital inspiration that is their due.”
Publishes theory:

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Elective Affinities (1996)  (s)“No one can fail to recognize in it a deep passionate would which shrinks from being closed by healing, a heart which dreads to be cured … In it, as in a burial urn, I have deposited with deep emotion many a sad experience. The 3rd of October 1809 (when the publication was completed) set me free from the work: but the feelings it embodies can never quite depart from me.”

Image shown in 1996 Italian-French film version.

Stage one | Ridicule - Trivial disparagement
The following is the 1809 "best book" incident and the 1810 burned letter incident:


Goethe 55-volume set
A 55-volume collected works set (above), a 20 volume collected works set (below), a portion of Goethe's total 142 volume collected works set.
Goethe works (1-20)
Cox-Buzan books (labeled)

Cox-Buzan Geniuses (top 10)

Top 10
Cox-Buzan geniuses

Best book incident:

Heinrich Laube rIn a scene reported by German writer Heinrich Laube (1806-1884):

“A women friend of mine said to Goethe at that time:

‘I cannot approve of Elective Affinities, Herr von Goethe; it really is an immoral book!’

Goethe (1808-09)
According to her report, Goethe was silent for a while; then said with great earnestness:

‘I’m sorry you feel that way. It is my best book, and don’t think that this is the mere whim of an aging man. I grant you that one loves most deeply the child of one’s last marriage, the product of one’s late power of generation. But you wrong me and the book.

The principle illustrated in the book is true and not immoral.

But you must regard it from a broader point of view and understand that the conventional moral norms can turn into sheer immorality when applied to situations of this character.”

Otto WeiningerTo give an example the usage of Goethe's "principle illustrated in the book", in 1903 Austrian philosopher Otto Weininger, published his Sex and Character, commented “I must confess to be the first work to take up [Goethe’s] ideas”, and in regards to discussing the morality and character of people in respect to sex, marriage, and divorce, commented:

“If iron sulphate and caustic potash are brought together, the SO4 ions leave the iron to unite with the potassium. When in nature an adjustment of such differences of potential is about to take place, he who would approve or disapprove of the process from the moral point of view would appear to most to play a ridiculous part.”

● Stem cell | Francis Collins | Cell-as-molecule

The following is Goethe's metamorphology theory of evolution (see: metamorphosis), the gist of his "best book" comment, a theory for which he is cited by Darwin, in his Origin of Species (1859), as one of three fathers of evolution theory, prior to him:

metamorphologyEvolution theory fathers (new)

The problem, however, that one is left with in Darwin's theory, as pointed out in 1836 by French naturalist Etienne Saint-Hilaire, an advocate of Goethe's natural philosophy, is the following:

“It is quite certain that there was a moment when life did not exist on our planet, and another moment when it appeared. It is the passage between these two states that forms the great problem of natural philosophy today.”

Darwin, in 1871, initially attempted a patch solution to the problem with his warm pond model; but in the end, in 1882, in the last letter he is known to have dictated and signed, wrote:

“I believe that the principle of continuity renders it probable that the principle of life will hereafter be shown to be part or consequence of some general law.”

The following is an overview diagram of the 2009 solution to the great problem of natural philosophy, i.e. life from non-life problem:

Socal system

Dead v
State one
Inanimate v
↑↓ Nonlife-to-Life {?} Transition ↑↓ 3.85 BYA

Alive v
State two
Animate v

See also: Great chain of being.

Jul 16

Burned letter:

German poet-writer Christoph Wieland (1733-1813), neighbor of Goethe, who sent a letter (which he suggested should be burned after it is read) in 1810 to German philologist and archeologist Karl Böttiger, stating:

“To all rational readers, the use of the chemical theory is nonsense and childish fooling around.”
Christoph Wieland
“It's truly horrible work.”

Wieland, supposedly, objecting to the radicalness of its Christianity.

Stage two | Violent opposition
The following are the Goethe-Schopenhauer consulting years, 1806 to 1818 (see: Goethe timeline), in which Goethe's protege Arthur Schopenhauer, in 1818, has already sensed aspects of stage one and stage two of the processing reception of Goethe's human chemical theory, which he also extolls and elaborates upon as the bases of his own will to power theory, a work which he seem to correctly intuit to be followed by a long period prior to stage theory:

Aug 19

Arthur SchopenhauerIn 1806, the Schopenhauer family had newly moved to Weimar, and the first public place that Goethe and his new scandalous bride, Christiane Vulpius (1765-1816), were seen together in public was at the house of Johanna Schopenhauer (1766-1838), mother of a then aged-eighteen year old thinker by the name of Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860).

Goethe (1808-09)
In May 1816, Goethe (age 66) begins conversations with Arthur (aged 28); who eventually absorbes Goethe’s chemical theory of will, which he summarized as follows:

“As the title indicates [Elective Affinities], though Goethe was unaware of this, [it] has as its foundation the idea that the will, which constitutes the basis of our inner being, is the same will that manifests itself in the lowest, inorganic phenomena.”

and would go on to infuse Goethe’s theory of chemical will into his theory of a “will to power” in his monumental two-volume The World as Will and Representation (1818, 1844), explaining, therein, how chemical phenomena and reactions scale up to the human-human interaction level.

The World as Will and Representation (Volume One)In Aug 1818, Schopenhauer pens the final paragraph to his The World as Will and Representation, outlining his Goethean human chemical philosophy based will to power theory, about which he says:

“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”

Or according to the 1958 English translation by E.F.J. Payne:

“To truth only a brief celebration of victory is allowed between two long periods during which it is condemned as paradoxical, or disparaged as trivial.”

which outlines his Goethean philosophy human chemical theory based "will to power" model of existence.

Schopenhauer visits Goethe, who in the same year reads his newly-published 1818 Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung (The World as Will and Representation), in which, in Arthur Schopenhauer§21, Schopenhauer explains “will” in terms of “elective affinities” of matter as “repulsion and attraction, separation and union”, in relation to the “deliberate conduct of man”. By the time of the publication of the second volume (1844), Goethe and his chemical theory is mentioned and utilized ten-fold.

Volume two:

On German chemist Justus Liebig's description of the reaction of damp copper Cu in air containing carbonic acid H2CO3, he comments:

The World as Will and Representation (Volume Two)“The will of the copper, claimed and preoccupied by the electrical opposition to the iron, leaves unused the opportunity that presents itself for its chemical affinity for oxygen and carbonic acid, behaves exactly as the will does in a person who abstains from an action to which he would otherwise feel moved, in order to perform another to which he is urged by a stronger motive.”

citing Goethe over 42 times.

Nietzsche 75German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche abandoned his struggle of the Hegel scholars and seized on the writings of Schopenhauer; a result was the famous 1882 proclamation:

God is dead.”

The resultant upswings in beliefs in nihilism and atheism were some of the results.

Max Weber 75German sociologist Max Weber, as a 14 year old student, begins reading Goethe's Elective Affinities, hiding it behind his regular school books.

The result is the concept of Weberian elective affinities.

Weber has since come becomes affixed with the title last person to know everything and "last universal genius of social science".

Freud 75 newIn 1895, Austrian psychiatrist Sigmund Freud wrote his free energy/bound energy (F = U – TS) based "A Project for Scientific Psychology"; and in 1919 about his death drive theory wrote:

“The theme of death, [that I] have stumbled onto [is] an odd idea via the drives and [I] must now read all sorts of things that belong to it, for instance Schopenhauer.”

James Froude“Froude’s semi-autobiographical Nemesis of Faith [a renunciation of Christian faith], published in 1848, owed much to Goethe’s novel of human and chemical reactions, Elective Affinities, which he translated. Nemesis lost him his fellowship at Exeter College, Oxford, where his book was publicly burned.”
— David Knight on James Froude (1848) first English translator of Elective Affinities

Exceptions may be taken to some of the statements contained in this production of Goethe.”
— Henry Bohn (1854), preface to first English translation of Elective Affinities

“Indeed, it strikes me almost ludicrous, that the translator has shrunk from appending his name to the work, if he has done so from any idea that its dangerous views might tend to impair his reputation.”
Victoria Woodhull (1872), preface to second “anonymous” (Froude) English edition of Elective Affinities

Elective Affinities has been spoken of for fifty years as Goethe's most dangerous work.”
Herman Grimm (1880), The Life and Times of Goethe

Learning curve
The following shows the learning curve:

Learning curve
The learning curve the transformation of Goethe-Empedocles "human chemical theory" into the Thims-Mimkes "human chemical thermodynamics", embodied in the works of: Empedocles (On Nature, 450BC), Goethe (Elective Affinities, 1809) Mimkes ("Society as a Many Particle System", 2000), and Thims ("A Guidemap to Human Chemical Thermodynamics"), who all, in turn, progressively cite each other, each labeled using the BP/PE dating system.

Stage two → Stage three | Present
Presently, coming out of the 20th century and entering into the first decades of the 21st century, we are somewhere between "stage two" and the going into "stage three" phase of the "truth" of the principle illustrated in Goethe's best book, that of his human chemical theory:

Elective Affinities

Elective Affinities


Tominaga Keii 75“Goethe's [Elective Affinities] did not add any scientific knowledge.”
a—Tominaga Keii, §2: Thermodynamics of Chemical Reaction, in Heterogeneous Kinetics


Serge Galam 75“To suggest that humans could behave like atoms was looked upon as a blasphemy to both hard science and human complexity, a total nonsense, something to be condemned. And it has been indeed condemned during the last fifteen years.”
Serge Galam, “Sociophysics: a Personal Testimony”
three stages of truth (wide)
Aug 29

Violent attack:

PC 75“If people are using this site to do their PhD dissertations and getting away with that, their advisors should be shot.”
Peggy La Cerra, views on Hmolpedia

Self evident:

Ted Erikson 75“You can't argue against this.”
Ted Erikson, review of Thims' Human Chemistry

Two cultures department | Discussions
The following are examples of the different sides of "truth" in respect to the potential establishment of an American university two cultures department themed on the Goethe (reality)-Schopenhauer (philosophy)-Weber (sociology)-Nietzsche (philosophy)-Freud (psychology) view of the nature of the universe, all structured on physical chemistry:

Mar 28

Two Cultures Department
Mar 08

John Prausnitz 75 n“No, your idea for a department for teaching two cultures would not be appreciated at Berkeley. In the social sciences and in some humanities, thermodynamics may be useful as an analogy, as a suggestion for looking at a problem (e.g., information theory) but beyond that, I see little use of thermodynamics outside [hard] science.”
John Prausnitz, on Thims’ two cultures department proposal

Leon Warshay 75“I fully endorse your efforts to include the mechanical [in sociology] in your two cultures university proposal.”
Leon Warshay, on Thims' two cultures department objective

Stage three
The following quote might well estimate the arrival of stage three:

“I must say, I started watching your videos over a year ago, and have re-watched many. And they still fascinate me. I’m only 17 and I’m seriously considering doing a degree in chemistry after watching your videos. The only downside is not many people I know can have a conversation about the things you’re talking about. You were right your videos are decades if not a century in front of its time.”
Ben (2011), comment on Human Chemistry 101 YouTube channel

Namely that in the year 2111 (661 PE), the subject of human chemical thermodynamics will be "self-evident".

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