Human chemical

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The cover of Thomas Dreier's 1948 We Human Chemicals, showing is idea that people were chemical-like elements, aka "human chemicals", of the periodic table, when they react with each other.

In terms, human chemical (TR:5) (LH:1) (TL:6) refers to a person or human conceptualized as a reactive elemental like thing or chemical, when seen from the point of view reactions between people and chemistry.


In 1910, Thomas Dreier, in his pamphlet Human Chemicals, began to outline his philosophy that people were types of “chemicals” reacting with each other. [1]

In 1914, William Fairburn, in his Human Chemistry was defining people as “human elements”, “chemical elements”, and "human chemical element".


The following are quotes:

“As each chemical element is an entity, differing and distinct (see: individuality problem) from any other, so is each human element and entity and a personality, which, when guided by a human chemist to do work and perform his peculiar function in life, feels and acquires what no inert substance can ever acquire, namely moral stimulus of responsibility. No chemical element is in a state of harmony unless it is in contact with other elements or influences which do not antagonize or irritate, and no human chemical or worker can ever by truly happy in his work unless he is fitted by nature for the work which he is performing, and unless his general temperament are in harmony with his specific duties and environment.”
William Fairburn (1914), Human Chemistry (pgs. 21-22)[2]
“Watch groups of people working or playing together and you will be startled to discover how ‘chemical’ are their reactions to one another. Once you acquire even rudiments of human chemistry, you will be baffled less often by people, and become impatient or angry less often at the (to you) annoying things they do. You will see and judge them for what they are—different kinds of human chemicals, obeying the laws of their natures as you and I obey the laws of our natures.”
Thomas Dreier (1948), We Human Chemicals (pg. 4)[3]

End matter

See also


  1. Dreier, Thomas. (1910). Human Chemicals. (GB). Backbone Society.
  2. Fairburn, William. (1914). Human Chemistry (pdf). The Nation Valley Press.
  3. Dreier, Thomas. (1948). We Human Chemicals: the Knack of Getting Along with Everybody. Updegraff.
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