Advanced perspective

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The so-called advanced perspective view of humans, shown adjacent to the thermodynamic lens model of studying human behavior, both being the way an advanced "intelligence" mindset would study human reactions.

In hmolscience, advanced perspective refers to the view "from above" observation and unbiased study of humans, such as an advanced extra-terrestrial intelligence would look at people, similar to the way physical chemists now look at and study atoms, molecules, and chemicals reacting together.


The name employed for viewing humans "scientifically", in an unbiased objective manner, say the way a chemist studies chemicals, or an astronomer studies stars and planets, has gone by various namesakes, including:

  • Super-observer (Reiser, 1935)
  • Observer at a sufficient height (Pierre Teilhard, 1951)
  • Molecular goggles (Gyorgyi, c.1960s)
  • Macroscope view (Joel de Rosnay, 1975)
  • Cosmic perspective (Carl Sagan, Cosmos, 1980)
  • Unsuspected visitor perspective (Alfredo Infante, 2001)
  • Bird’s-eye view (William McNeill, 2003),
  • Martian or zoomed-back view (Andrew Morrow, 2006)
  • Advanced intelligence perspective (Thims, 2007) [1]
  • Thermodynamic lens (Bruce Avolio, 2014).

These were summarized and subsumed into the "advanced perspective" as discussed in Thims' Human Chemistry(2007).[1]


The following are related quotes:

“My attitude has always been cosmic, and I looked on man as if from another planet. He was merely an interesting species presented for study and classification.”
Howard Lovecraft (1922), “A Confession of Unfaith” [2]
“We want to approach ‘our’ culture of experiment as Alfred Schutz [c.1944] suggests a stranger approaches an alien society, not as a ‘shelter but as a field of adventure, not a matter of course but a questionable topic of investigation, not an instrument for disentangling problematic situations, but a problematic situation itself and one hard to master’.”
— Steven Shapin (1985), Leviathan and the Air Pump (pg. 6)
“The argument herein is that the activities of the universe, including human activities, belong to a single universe of processes. The problem lies in the fact that we are the observers and, in monism, observers are part of the observed. There are serious theoretical obstacles in self-observation and in self-description.”
— Richard Adams (1988), The Eighth Day (pg. 9)
“Let’s postulate the following ideal scenario for our analysis. There is an extraterrestrial observer whose spacecraft is outside of our atmosphere and by the way, he is never visible to us. However, in spite of the distance, he is still able to distinguish the movement of individual human beings. Certainly, it would not take too long for him, to realize that the movements of human beings obey chaotic rules. This ideal scenario would not matter too much to him, unless he ignores the second law of thermodynamics, but indeed he does not ignore this law. Thus, such observer would conclude quickly that human beings express many forms of unusual, seemingly irrational, behavior. For example, he will be surprised looking at riots, political meetings, religious behavior, wars, etc. As a result of these observations, he would ask himself, what in hell motivates such uncommon behavior of the human beings? Suppose now that this alien visitor gets closer to the earth (remember, he is invisible to human beings) and manages to learn the reason why the human beings behave that way. Soon he would be able to understand that such apparently unusual behavior is consistently motivated by a lack of some degree of freedom; which may be summed up as a state of satisfaction or dissatisfaction. Viewed in this way, our social system may be approached through the second law of thermodynamics.”
— Alfredo Infante (2001), “Social Entropy”
Organisms are considered as if they were 'single abstract molecules' that interact with each other and the abiotic world in a way that resembles a complex, composite, chemical reaction.”
— Robert Sterner (2002), Ecological Stoichiometry (co-author: James Elser) [3]
“Start with atoms and thermodynamics and to slowly zoom back out to the millimeters-to-miles distance regime, as a Martian might see us on earth, and examine the world in which [you] live with a fresh perspective based strictly on well-established, non-controversial scientific knowledge [and] use this information as a foundation upon which [to] decide how to spend the remainder of [your] lifetime.”
— Andrew Morrow (2006), a chemical engineer's view of humans

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Thims, Libb. (2008). The Human Molecule (§7: Advanced Intelligence Perspective, pgs. 39-42). LuLu.
  2. (a) Lovecraft, Howard P. (1922). “A Confession of Unfaith”, Liberal, Feb.
    (b) Lovecraft, Howard P. (2010). Against Religion: the Atheistic Writings of H.P. Lovecraft (editor: S.T. Joshi; foreword: Christopher Hitchens) (abs) (Amz) (pg. 5). Sporting Gentlemen.
  3. Sterner, Robert W. and Elser, James J. (2002). Ecological Stoichiometry: the Biology of Elements from Molecules to the Biosphere (chapter one) (“single abstract molecules”, pgs. 2-3, 47, 135). Princeton University Press.

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