Social force

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An visual of social force, conceptualized as people attracting to a magnet, with reference to the magnetic force. The social force is similar to his, albeit it is defined by the electromagnetic force, which is comprised of the magnetic force and the electric force.

In hmolscience, social force (TR:5) (LH:4) (TL:9) refers to the force that moves people within a society.


The following are related quotes:

“All social force is at once material, intellectual, and moral.”
Auguste Comte (1854), System of Positive Polity: or System of Sociology (pg. 227) [1]
Desire is the social force, and where there is no desire, no will, there is no force, no social energy. Civilization is the product of active social energy. Or, to use Ratzenhofer's terminology[2], there must be a lively interest or there can be no achievement. It is this innate interest (angeborenes Interesse) that makes men fight and conquer and struggle. It is the same that makes them undertake voyages of discovery in search of golden fleeces, or El Dorados, or Northwest Passages. Interest impels mankind to explore, to migrate, to invent, to labor, to produce wealth, to seek knowledge, to discover truth, to create objects both of use and beauty — in a word, to achieve.”
Lester Ward (1903), Pure Sociology (pgs. 33-34); cited by Newell Sims (1924) in Society and Surplus (pg. 14) [3]

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  1. Comte, Auguste. (1854). System of Positive Polity: or System of Sociology (pg. 227). Longmans, 1875.
  2. Gustav Ratzenhofer – Wikipedia.
  3. Sims, Newell L. (1924). Society and its Surplus: a Study in Social Evolution. Appleton and Co.

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