Social mass

Social matter
A table of contents of Libb Thims 2014 draft notes on the concept of "social matter" based on Frederick Rossini's 1950 chemical thermodynamics definition of "matter". [2]
In hmolscience, social mass refers to the weight of social matter, measured quantitatively; the "mass" of a given "social" system (see: social system), system defined thermodynamically.

In 1953, American physicist Stuart Dodd, during the 40 person AAAS so-called “Committee for Social Physics” meeting, headed by American social physics pioneer John Q. Stewart, explicitly suggested that “chemical moles” be the equivalent to “number of people” in social physics. [3]

In 2003, Babics Laszlo, a Hungarian sociologist, attempted a crude calculation of a “social Avogadro number”.

In 2007, Libb Thims, in his Human Chemistry, suggested that term ‘mol’ should be termed ‘hmol’, short for 'human-mole', for calculations of Gibbs free energy, entropy, internal energy, or enthalpy for human reaction processes between people. [4]

In 2014, Libb Thims, in his draft-state Chemical Thermodynamics: with Application in the Humanities, based the following quote:

“All matter of specified composition, in given electrical, magnetic, and gravitational fields, may be considered to have five fundamental thermodynamic properties, namely: pressure, volume, temperature, energy, and entropy. Changes in these properties must conform to the requirements of the first and second laws of thermodynamics.”
Frederick Rossini (1950), Chemical Thermodynamics (pg. 1)

outlined some ideas on “social matter”. [1]

The following are related quotes:

“I next turn to the structure of ‘social space’, viewed as a gravitational field in which the concept of the ‘social mass’ of the individual plays a crucial role as a nucleus of attraction. The ‘social mass’ of an individual contributes to the structuring of the social space surrounding him. The ongoing relationship between two individuals can be analyzed via the transformation of systems of coordinates. This permits one to view society as a space so curved that for Y the least path will be that which passes near X. The ‘curvature’ of the social space can also be called customs or morals. I next consider stability and change in terms of the third law of thermodynamics and recall once more that all living systems, society included, are chronoholistic systems which must be described in integro-differential equations not reducible by any amount of differentiation to differential equations involving a ‘one point memory’; these equations must involve statistical macro-parameters. I conclude with the observation that sociological theory resembles an investigation of the ‘metrical’ properties of ‘social space’. The scheme presented here is compatible with any logically coherent sociological theory.”
George Devereux (1978), “Collected Works” (pg. 383) [5]

“Second, major concepts of thermodynamicstemperature, heat, mass, pressure, entropy, free energy, and heat capacity—must have correspondingly defined social thermodynamics conceptions. These are social temperature, social heat, social mass, social pressure, etc. These latter concepts must carry their original (thermodynamic) meaning as well as reflecting the unique characteristics of social phenomena.”
— Author (1981), “Article” [1]

See also
‚óŹ Dunbar number

1. Author. (1981). “Article”, (Korean) Social Science Journal, Vol 6-8 (thermodynamics, social phenomena, pg. 89; entropy, 8+ pgs.). Korean National Commission for Unesco.
2. Thims, Libb. (2014-15/16). Chemical Thermodynamics: with Application in the Humanities (pdf). Publisher.
3. Stewart, John Q. (1953). “Remarks on the Current State of Social Physics” (pdf) (“chemical moles”, pg. 2), Paper presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference, Boston, Dec 30; in: Box 58, Miscellaneous Writing, John Q. Stewart Papers, Rare Books Special Collections, Princeton University.
4. Thims, Libb. (2007). Human Chemistry (Volume Two) (hmol, pg. 686). Morrisville, NC: LuLu.
5. Devereux, George. (1978). “Collected Works”, in: The Making of Psychological Anthropology (editor: George Spindler) (§11: 361-408; quote, pg. 383). University of California Press.

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