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In terms, CHON (LH:12) refers to things made of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen.


In 1865, Henry Clark, in his Mind in Nature: the Origin of Life, and the Mode of Development of Animals, argued the following:[1]

Organic life = CHON + circumstances
Inorganic bodies = CHON

according to which the "organic life", in his mind, was regulated by "vital affinities" and inorganic bodies were regulated by "natural chemical affinity".


The following are related quotes:

“There is no evidence of a special life force, all of life on earth, including ourselves, is based on chemical processes and the four most common elements involved in the chemistry of life are hydrogen, carbon, oxygen and nitrogen, collectively known by the acronym CHON. We are made out of exactly the raw materials which are most easily available in the universe. The implication is that the earth is not a special place, and that life forms based on CHON are likely to be found across the universe, not just in our galaxy but in others. It is the ultimate removal of humankind from any special place in the cosmos, the completion of the process that began with Copernicus and De Revolutionibus.”
— John Gribbin (2002), “CHON and Humankind’s Place in the Universe”[2]
“The particular affinities and relationships between the four foundational elements of life HOCN are distinctly expressed at the human level of behavior and relationships. There are slight variances in the quantities and combinations of each element that a given individual may possess. Those slight variances are detectable as the various traits and characteristics making up the individuality of each human being.”
— Rohann Solare (2009), “The Atomic-Molecular Foundations of a Social Physics”[3]

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See also


  1. Clark, Henry. (1865). Mind in Nature: the Origin of Life, and the Mode of Development of Animals (CHON, pgs. 7-9). Publisher.
  2. Gribbin, John. (2002). Science: a History (pgs. 610-11). BCA.
  3. Solare, Rohann. (2009). “The Atomic-Molecular Foundations of a Social Physics: Self-organizing Systems from Atoms to Humans”,, Sep. 15.

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