Thermodynamic lens

Thermodynamic lens 2
An annotated "thermodynamic lens", based on the verbal content of Americans chemical engineer Marc Donohue and leadership psychologist Richard Kilburg's 2014 “Leadership and Organizational Behavior: a Thermodynamic Approach”, illustrating the visual conceptual way, e.g. bonding forces, reactions, drives, phases (social phase), emotions, human behavior ≈ molecular behavior, states, etc., a so-called physicochemical psychologist or physicochemical sociologist would view social structure, dynamics, and behaviors. [1]
In hmolscience, thermodynamic lens, similar to “molecular goggles” (Szent-Gyorgyi, c.1960s) or “advanced perspective” (Thims, 2007), refers to the view of social structure dynamics, e.g. employer-employee relations, via the investigation tools and models of molecular thermodynamics, with the explicit assumption that molecular behavior crudely approximates human behavior and that emotional forces qualitatively equate to bonding forces. [1]

In 2005, Nigerian scientist Akinbo Oji, in his “On a Thermodynamic Basis for Inflationary Cosmology”, was using the term “thermodynamic lens” in respect to a discussion of hypothetical extraterrestrial intelligence, who already had their Boltzmann, but not yet their Einstein, who was studying inflation and big bang like theories. (Ѻ)

In 2009, economist Peter Pogany was using semi-accurate “thermodynamic lens” term idealization in respect to world history. (Ѻ)

In 2013, American environmental sociologist Laura McKinney was using an incorrect Roegen-Daly school stylized "thermodynamic lens" to argue about sustainability to the effect that urbanization creates disorder. [2]

In 2014, Americans chemical engineer Marc Donohue and leadership psychologist Richard Kilburg, as presented in their “Leadership and Organizational Behavior: a Thermodynamic Approach”, used, American business leadership scholar Bruce Avolio (Ѻ), a rather correct, as chemical thermodynamics sees things, usage of term “thermodynamic lens”, employed to make a molecular thermodynamics approach to business leadership; a publication involving some 12 total authors in various fields, which allowed the latter, the psychologist, to formulate theories on leadership and group formation dynamics via the eyes of the former, the chemical engineer. [1]

In 2016, Libb Thims put the adjacent "thermodynamic lens" magnifying glass image on all ten back covers of the printed version of Hmolpedia (see: print set); the following is a segment of the back cover of volume one:
Thermodynamic lens on Hmolpedia (Volume One) back cover


The following are related quotes:

Adrian Bejan in Design in Nature repeatedly states that organisms are ‘machines’ or ‘motors’ in the sense that they are a more efficient means of distributing the flows of natural energies. In other words, the movement of a trout helps to mix the water and transfer energies through the affiliated ecosystem. At some point, a new generation of behaviorists are going to apply the ‘thermodynamic lens’ to behavior and realize that this is what organizes complex learning and social behavior as well.”
— Kevin Behan (2014), “Thermodynamic Basis of the Animal Mind” (Ѻ), Jan 27

1. (a) Kilburg, Richard R and Donohue, Marc D. (2014). “Leadership and Organization Behavior: a Thermodynamic Inquiry” (abs) (main), 66(4):261-87.
(b) Avolio, Bruce J. (2014). “Examining Leadership and Organizational Behavior Across the Boundaries of Science” (abs) , Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research (editor: Robert Kaiser), 66(4):288-92.
2. McKinney, Laura A. (2013). “A Study of Sustainability: Entropy and the Urban/Rural Transition”, in: Studies in Urbanormativity: Rural Community in Urban Society (editors: Gregory M. Fulkerson, Alexander R. Thomas) (§14:257-84; thermodynamic lens, pg. 269; thermodynamics, 11+ pgs). Lexington Books.

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