, Jacob Leachman
:7), aka Jake Leachman, is an American mechanical engineer
and “intensely philosophical engineer” (Ѻ
), as he auto-categorizes, noted for his 2016 to 2017 blog to draft book stage ideas on social thermodynamics
, e.g. social phase
change ideas, similar to Henry Adams
(1910), political thermodynamics
, similar in some sense to Serge Galam
(2016), and his sociophysics
models, and or Frederick Rossini
(1971), and his "Chemical Thermodynamics in the Real World
", and empathy
-stylized thermodynamic models, similar in some ways to Jeremy Rifkin
In Apr 2016, Leachman, in his “Initial Thoughts on the Thermodynamics of Societal Phase Change”, an idea blog reaction
to Darpa’s Mar 2016 “Next Generation Social Science” posting (Ѻ
), on the US governments desire to “soliciting innovative research proposals to build a new capability (methods, models, tools, and a community of researchers) to perform rigorous, reproducible experimental research at scales necessary to understand emergent properties of human social systems
”, discussed social phase
ideas and outlined a smattering of intuited or guesstimated first-draft human thermodynamics variables
Entropy → Empathy
Temperature → Energy and or Resources
Density → Population and or Agent Density
Pressure → Stress
Internal energy → Value Evolution
Gibbs energy → Potential for Societal Change
These, he discusses tersely in social terms.Empathy | Entropy
In Aug 2017, Leachman, in his “Social Thermodynamics: Empathy for Autism Spectrum Disorders” (Ѻ
) blog, discusses how his sister, a year younger than him, in seventh grade (circa 12-13 years old), who had been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), tried to end her existence by sticking a fork in an electric socket. He speaks about this, retrospectively, in chemical thermodynamic terms, as follows:
“Empathy in ASD individuals is a long-term investment. The Gibbs energy function for phase change adds insight to the challenges of developing those with ASD:
G = U + Pv – TS
For phase change to occur, indicated by G2 – G1 being negative, there needs to be a fall in values (U) and stress (P), coupled with an increase in density (1/v), empathy (S), and resources (T). ASD individuals already have a very fine-tuned value focus, don’t handle stress or groups well, and are empathicly challenged. Change will be slow, if at all, over the course of a lifetime. They will likely be very consistent through time, even if they can be mercurial in the moment.”
He comments that to bring about this phase change, while he was away at college: “during this time a psychologist, who is nothing short of a hero, volunteered for over a decade to empathize with my sister. Now, she turns to my sister to help her empathize with new ASD clients.” Leachman comments how this phase change was successful and how his sister is now in her 30s making valuable art and helping others in empathetic ways to find value.
● Leachman, Jacob. (2017). “Social Thermodynamics: Temperature and Wealth Inequality” (Ѻ
), Washington State University, Hyper Lab, Blog, Apr 20.
● Leachman, Jacob. (2017). “Social Thermodynamics: a Belated Introduction” (Ѻ
), Washington State University, Hyper Lab, Jun 19.
● Leachman, Jacob. (2017). “Social Thermodynamics: the Chapter of Love” (Ѻ
), Washington State University, Hyper Lab, Jul 26.
● Leachman, Jacob. (2017). “Social Thermodynamics: Empathy for Autism Spectrum Disorders” (Ѻ
), Blog, Aug 11.
● Leachman, Jacob. (2017). “Social Thermodynamics: the Size of the Party Next Door” (Ѻ
), Blog, Aug 25.