The Institute of Human Thermodynamics [IoHT] is a leading international professional body and learned society, established in 2002 to promote the advancement and dissemination of human thermodynamics.
The Institute has a world-wide membership and is a major international player in:
scientific publishing and electronic dissemination of human thermodynamics;
setting professional standards for human thermodynamics and awarding professional qualifications;
promoting human thermodynamics through scientific conferences, education and science policy advice.
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providing support for human thermodynamics in schools, colleges and universities;
influencing government and informing public debate;
promoting public awareness of human thermodynamics.
Theory of Collective Knowledge: we, at IoHT, don't individually try to "own" the additions we make to human thermodynamics as a theory. We are working together on statements of what is known (what constitutes human knowledge) about various subjects in the various fields of thermodynamics in respect to human life. Each of us individually benefits from this arrangement. Unless we really are experts on a subject, or we want to do a huge amount of research (which, in fact, some of us seem to do!), we cannot easily singlehandedly state what is known on a given subject. But if we put our heads together, we manage--not instantly, but over time--to create surprisingly balanced treatments of various subjects. This has happened on numerous occasions at the IoHT.
Now, one of the conditions of our working together in this way is that we not aim at stating merely our own views on any given subject, but that we see to it that all competing views on any given subject are stated fairly and sympathetically. Of course, extreme minority views on a subject tend to be underemphasized, e.g., in scientific articles. But since IoHT is not paper, i.e., because it's not limited in space, we can have as much information on crank theories as any crank should wish--on pages about those crank theories. They're just not presented as the truth, except as the truth about what the crank, absurdly or not, believes. We have a policy against writing from anything but a neutral point of view.
It should be left up to each person's reason to decide what is the right view on any given question. Given that, it is of paramount importance that the various competing views be stated as clearly, completely, and sympathetically as possible, so that each can be reasonably judged on its own merits, rather than according to what one biased person says about the subject. And so it seems extremely valuable to us to have a complete, neutral statement of different views on all different controversies.
Having huge numbers of people working on the same articles with the jointly-held aim of writing from this above-described neutral point of view is surely one of the best ways to achieve this aim. That in fact has been our repeated experience at the IoHT.
I consider myself a rational person, and I do welcome the editing of my articles by others (nor do I consider them "my articles" after a while anymore). Let me give you an example. I thought I understood Goedel's incompleteness theorem pretty well, and since the then existing article was short and incomplete, I decided to rewrite it.
Since then, several people have chipped in, sometimes rewriting a paragraph, sometimes critizing an omission, sometimes deleting parts. I didn't agree with all changes, but with most of them. No material is ever lost since Wikipedia stores all previous versions of all articles. So I reverted a few changes back. Overall, the article is now much better than I could ever have written it alone.
If we assume that the world is full of reasonable people and that collectively they can arrive eventually at a reasonable conclusion, despite the worst efforts of a very few wreckers. It's called optimism.
The IoHT works in collaboration with national thermodynamic societies, sharing information and working jointly to promote the interests of human thermodynamics, and makes its educational materials, policy statements and other services available internationally. The Institute believes in and promotes ethical integrity in all scientific activity, including education, research, publication and the exploitation of knowledge. The Institute endeavours to advance the interests and achievements of all human thermodynamicists and encourages collaboration within the international community.
In '95, as a hobby, chemical engineer, electrical engineer, and medical student Libb Thims began theorized over the Gibbs free energy equation [see: timeline], which predicts whether or not chemical reactions will occur, as to how it relates to human life in terms of its potential application with regards to predicting human chemical reactions, as in two people falling in love, a person getting a job, three people forming a group of friends, etc. On November 15 in '01 Thims, in a moment of epiphany (while reading a Brief History of Time), finally figured how the two relate to each other, i.e. the Gibbs free energy equation and falling in love. During the fourth of July weekend in '02, Thims explained his discovery to his two friends Lynn Liss and Ira Liss; they enjoyed hearing the explanation as it related to their marriage, and from this day forth the Institute of Human Thermodynamics was born. In '03 and '04 Thims wrote several books on the subject and distributed them locally around Chicago to get feed-back. In '05, Thims started the www.humanthermodynamics.com website so to link up related researchers from around the world.