Family molecule

In human chemistry, family molecule is a term that defines the family as a bonded association of two or more human molecules. [1]

In 2001, American writer Paul Peachey, in his Leaving and Clinging, was using the term "family molecule", in a metaphorical sense, as follows:

“To put the matter metaphorically, only when the family molecule begins to dissolve into individual atoms can the rational reconstruction or resynthesis that we call modernization be undertaken.”

The term seems to have been first used, albeit in a metaphorical sense, in the 2001 book Leaving and Clinging, by American writer Paul Peachey, to argue that the family is the core molecule of society: [2]

In 2007, American electrochemical engineer Libb Thims was explicitly definition the basic nuclear family, e.g. couple with one baby, as a tri-human-ide molecule. [1]

1. (a) Thims, Libb. (2007). Human Chemistry (Volume One) (preview), (Google books). Morrisville, NC: LuLu.
(b) Thims, Libb. (2007). Human Chemistry (Volume Two) (preview), (Google books). Morrisville, NC: LuLu.
2. Peachey, Paul. (2001). Leaving and Clinging: the Human Significance of the Conjugal Union (ch. 1: “The Marital Bond as the Human Molecule”, pgs. 3-20). University Press of America.

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