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Comment author: simplicio 15 August 2010 07:33:54PM 0 points [-]

I understand, I just don't get why you object to reductionism as exemplified by the second definition. It seems to me a fairly reasonable philosophical position.

Comment author: timtyler 15 August 2010 07:42:02PM *  0 points [-]

I object to that terminology because it overloads a useful term which is used for something else without having a good excuse for doing so. Call the idea that invisible pixies push atoms around "irreducibility" - or something else - anything!

IMO, "Reductionism" and "Holism" should be reserved for the Hofstadter-favoured sense of those words - or you have a terminological mess:

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Comment author: simplicio 15 August 2010 08:03:40PM 1 point [-]

Oh, I see. Thanks for clarifying.