The Problem with Reductionism

The analysis of Nature into its individual parts, the grouping of the different natural processes and natural objects in definite classes, the study of the internal anatomy of organic bodies in their manifold forms—these were the fundamental conditions of the gigantic strides in our knowledge of Nature which have been made during the last four hundred years. But this method of investigation has also left us as a legacy the habit of observing natural objects and natural processes in their isolation, detached from the whole vast interconnection of things; and therefore not in their motion, but in their repose; not as essentially changing, but fixed constants; not in their life, but in their death.


Is that we also need to look at phenomenon in the context of their web of interactions with other phenomenon in the world.

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Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Engels , Friedrich (1959), Anti-Dühring, Retrieved on 2012-04-28
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