Social combustion

Social Physics (Gladwell) WWI (labeled)
A Buchanan-Gladwell model (2001) of social physics, defined by concepts including: social heat, tipping points, activation energy, connectors, six degrees, Dunbar numbers, etc.; the above diagram showing how the rubbing of Bosnia with Austria-Hungray created "social friction" which on 28 Jun 1914 produced enough heat (or social heat) to "spark" the flame or social combustion of the first world war. [3]
In hmolscience, social combustion refers to the combustion of a society, social system, or two societies reacting together.

Technically, to clarify, combustion, by standard definition, is a chemical reaction in which a substance, typically a hydrocarbon structure, e.g. wood, coal, gasoline, or methane CH3, etc., reacts rapidly with oxygen with the production of heat and light; social combustions are scaled up version of this basic model, wherein the chemical substances are social systems of humans who react rapidly in an oxygen environment with other social systems, societies, or groups.

In 1858, Henry Carey seems to have touched on “combustion” in respect to societies or people, defined as molecules, in societies reacting similar to how coal or wood react with oxygen to produce heat (or social heat) and flame. [1]

In 2001, Chinese ecological economist Wenyuan Niu, amid the growing Chinese social physics school, was proposing his so-called "social combustion theory". [2]

See also
Social activation energy
● Social friction

1. Carey, Henry C. (1858-59). The Principles of Social Science (Vol I [combustion, pg. 159], Vol II, Vol III). J.B. Lippincott & Co.
2. Niu, Wen-yuan. (2001). “Socialphysics and the warning system of China’s social stability” (abs), Bulletin of the Chinese Academy of Sciences,1, 15–20 (in Chinese).
3. (a) Buchanan, Mark. (2000). Ubiquity: Why Catastrophes Happen (pg. 3). Three Rivers Press.
(b) Gladwell, Malcolm. (2000). The Tipping Point: How Little Things can make a Big Difference. Little, Brown, and Co, 2006.

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