Dead force

In hmolscience, dead force, or “vis mortua” (Latin), as compared to living force or “vis viva” (Latin), a religio-mythology + physics amalgamation (originated from Gottfried Leibniz), refers, in defunct non-physicochemcially neutral terminology, to a force that is dead; or, in semi-modern scientific translation to a force in a state of potential, approximately.

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“In considering the origin and manifestation of life, it would be foolish to suppose that a being with the very limited powers of man, could possibly discriminate between the manifestation of so-called dead force and so-called living [living force], when having under consideration objects of such infinitely small proportions. Because therefore man cannot see the muscles of an atom contract, or its lips articulating, or watch its organs perform their various functions, there is no reason for affirming that the atom is not a living being. When the thing itself is infinitely beyond the understanding of the greatest mind, it were only madness to suppose that we could know all its attributes and qualities. If I have affirmed, and if I believe that the atom is a thinking conscious being, it is not because I have scientifically demonstrated its intelligence or personality; but because of far higher reasons than those of physical science: I am a thinking conscious being; and whatever is in me, must be in the atom either actually or potentially, it matters not which.”
Henry Bray (1910), The Living Universe [1]

1. Bray, Henry T. (1910). The Living Universe (§20: “Infinitesimal Architects, Builders, and Guardians”, pg. 266). Truro Publishing Co., 1920.

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