In hmolscience, elan vital (TR:14) (LH:1) (TL:15), from French elan meaning “momentum, impetus, impulse, burst, dash, rush” + Greek vital meaning “vis of Venus”, is a scientific god synonym code speak for a life "impulse".
In 1907, Henry Bergson, in his Creative Evolution, introduced the term "elan vital", generally translated as "vital impetus". The term is a scientific god synonym, the vital part of the term code for the vis or "force" of the goddess Venus.
The following are quotes:
- “To say that biological progress is explained by the élan vital is to say that the movement of the train is ‘explained’ by an élan locomotif of the engine.”
- “It is undoubtedly life on the cell level, so far we can agree. But, at the same time, the automatism gives it more an aspect of the ‘chemical elan’ [elan chemique] than that of the vital elan [elan vital], which we thought we discerned in the cellular organization observed as an organism. The concept of life which seemed so self-evident, although indefinable, when we saw an organism in full activity appears during the course of the analysis to have ‘slipped through our fingers’ when we begin to examine a cell in detail. There is an old formulation for chemical reactions in general that says quite unemotionally: if there are in a solution two components which under given conditions can form an insoluble compound, even though with difficulty, . ”
- Bergson, Henri. (1907). Creative Evolution (translator: Arthur Mitchell) (vital, 71+ pgs). Holt, 1913.
- (a) Huxley, Julian. (1923). Essays of a Biologist (pg. 33). Publisher.
(b) Gillies, Mary Ann. (1996). Henri Bergson and British Modernism (pg. 31). McGill-Queen’s Press.
- Compare: Albert Gyorgyi: "Somewhere along the lines, life has run out through my fingers." (“What is Life”, 1972).
- Ehrensvard, Gosta. (1960). Life: Origin and Development (Liv: Ursprung och utformning) (pg. 6). University of Chicago Press, 1962.
- Elan vital – Hmolpedia 2020.