Thermodynamic law of behavior

In human thermodynamics, thermodynamic law of behavior states that human behavior is determined by a balancing of the tendency of individuals and groups to impose order about themselves, in accordance with the first law of thermodynamics, with that of the the tendency for disorder and conflict to arise at boundaries of dissimilar individuals and groups, in accordance with the second law of thermodynamics.

In 1973, American political scientist Harold Nieburg stated the following: [1]

“We assume that all individuals and groups seek to impose order around them. The boundaries of conflicting systems of order, however, overlap creating arenas of social entropy (relative disorder) and competition. Thus, one may postulate a thermodynamic law of behavior: assuming, based on the law of conservation of energy, that organisms seek to conserve energy and values, and, based on the law of entropy, that social disorder and decay are constant threats that energy and values must overcome.”

In 2006, Polish science-philosopher theologian Jozef Zycinski stated that in his 2000 article “God, Freedom, and Evil: Perspectives from Religion and Science” that he “offers an interpretation of human behavior with consideration of analogies from thermodynamics”. [2]

1. Nieburg, Harold L. (1973). Culture Storm: Politics and the Ritual Order (ch. 5: Political Thermodynamics, pgs. 81 -104; quote, pg. 81). St. Martin’s Press.
2. (a) Zycinski, Jozef. (2000). “God, Freedom, and Evil: Perspectives from Religion and Science” (abstract), Zygon, 35(3): 653-64.
(b) Zycinski, Jozef. (2006). God and Evolution: Fundamental Questions of Christian Evolutionism (pg. 132). CUA Press.

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