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  • This is a great post, especially along with the "Nothing-buttery" one. Do you find there's general recognition of the problems of reductionism in scientific circles, or is only in certain pockets that scientists take note of this?

    by Kevin Schut on 2009-08-12 at 2:07 PM
  • Thanks, Kevin, for your comment and great question. There is a growing (but still not very widespread) recognition within science of the poverty of reductionism. Apart from some vague exposure to the liberal arts, there is virtually nothing in the training of scientists in general which encourages interdisciplinary interaction. In fact, while attending a recent international physics conference where Laughlin spoke, I heard many participants indicating their disappointment that so soon after his 1998 Nobel Prize he descended to less worthy pursuits, which include fighting reductionism. But here and there have popped up small groups which promote interdisciplinary and nonreductionist thinking.

    by Arnold Sikkema on 2009-09-17 at 12:57:58

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