In hmolscience, proton-electron configuration (TR:5) (LH:3) (TL:8), aka "proton-electron geometries", "geometrical electron-proton configuration”, pattern or system (Weiss, 1925), or “proton-electron” configuration (Thims, 2016), refers to the description of things, universally and socially speaking, in the wake of the discover of the electron (Thomson, 1897) and proton (Rutherford, 1919), but before the discovery of the neutron (Chadwick, 1932), according to the 1925 views of Albert Weiss. This so-called "Weiss model", aside from the lack of inclusion of the neutron, is a strikingly pleasing way of looking at things, in pure one nature reductionist manner.
In the Weiss view (1925), of note, we do not "see" the protons and electrons when we look at people, unless we have what Albert Gyorgyi calls "molecular goggles", but we can basically understand what Weiss is getting at, given reflection.
The following are related quotes:
- “Electrons and protons arrange themselves into groups of different types of interlocking symmetries, which in time break up and form new configurations.”
- “For purposes of description, each separate geometrical electron-proton pattern, no matter how simple or complex it may be, is to be regarded as a system. Such systems may be classified into the degrees of the similarity or dissimilarity postulated of atoms, molecules, compounds, tissues, plants, animals, men, races, nations, planets, etc. The systems of especial interest to the behaviorist are classified under animal tissues and social organizations.”
- — Albert Weiss (1925), Theoretical Basis of Human Behavior (pg. 19)
- “The structure of matter is a function of its electron-proton configuration.”
- — Albert Weiss (1925), Theoretical Basis of Human Behavior (pg. 20)
- “In the final analysis, human behavior is reduced to movements between electron-proton systems, but this reduction is the final aim of all scientific investigation.”
- — Albert Weiss (1925), Theoretical Basis of Human Behavior (pg. 36)
- “Poetry, religion, morality, affection, love, intellect, for the poet, will seem to be a matter of sensations, images, feelings, and spirit, rather than electron-proton configurations.”
- — Albert Weiss (1925), Theoretical Basis of Human Behavior (pg. 62)
- “All forms of social activity or achievement are ultimately reducible to electron-proton interactions, which are mechanistic as any physical or chemical process.”
- “Some modes of mechanism (§10), such as Simmel’s, are tolerated; others, such as Lundberg’s, are not. Simmel is deemed a moderate even though he leans toward nominalism, just as Durkheim is favorably contrasted with Simmel as a moderate who leans toward realism. Lundberg is criticized for aping physics — for using motion, energy, and force as social mechanism and defining societal groups as ‘electron-proton configurations’ — thereby being enslaved by ‘mechanistic modes of thought’ (pgs. 153-54).”
- Thims, Libb. (66AE). Abioism: No Thing is Alive, On the Non-Existence of Life (pdf). Publisher.
- Particle – Hmolpedia 2020.
- Weiss, Albert P. (1925). Theoretical Basis of Human Behavior. Adams, 1929.
- Molecular goggles – Hmolpedia 2020.
- Herrick, Charles J. (1956). The Evolution of Human Nature (abs) (pg. 46). University of Texas Press.
- (a) Stark, Werner. (1962). The Fundamental Forms of Social Thought. Routledge. (b) Warshay, Leon H. (1993). “The Social Theory of a Humane Organicist: On Werner Stark as Intellectual Detective and Moralist”, in: In Search of Community: Essays in Memory of Werner Stark (1909-1985) (pgs. 45-55). Fordham.
- Proton-electron configuration – Hmolpedia 2020.