In hmolscience, abstract molecule is a term, found in fields such as physical economics or ecological stoichiometry, used to describe a human abstracted as a type of molecule.

The following are related quotes:

“Pareto’s homo economicus is ‘an abstract molecule that responds only to economic forces’.”
Michael McLure (2002), Pareto, Economics and Society [1]

“This formula combines all compounds in a human into single abstractmolecule’. The stoichiometric approach considers whole organisms as if they were single abstract molecules. Organisms can be thought of as complex evolved chemical substances that interact with each other and the abiotic world in a way that resembles a complex, composite, chemical reaction. This formula for the ‘human molecule’ [allows one] to think about how every human represents the coming together of atoms in proportions that are, if not constant, at least bounded and obeying some rules.”
Robert Sterner and James Elser (2002), Ecological Stoichiometry [2]

1. (a) McLure, Michael. (2002). Pareto, Economics and Society: the Mechanical Analogy (molecules, pg. 124; molecule, 4+ pgs; comparison table, pg. 65-66). Routledge.
(b) Kirman, Alan P. (1987). “Pareto as an Economist”, in: The New Palgrave: A Dictionary of Economics, Volume Three (editors: J. Eatwell, M. Milgate, and P. Newman) (pgs. 804-09). MacMillan Press.
2. Sterner, Robert W. and Elser, James J. (2002). Ecological Stoichiometry: the Biology of Elements from Molecules to the Biosphere (chapter one) (human molecule, empirical formula pg. 3; discussion, pgs. 47, 135). Princeton University Press.

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