Bruno Marchal writes: >Le 11-mars-06, à 10:59, Georges Quénot wrote (to John): > ><snip> > > > > > > Yes also and indeed, the way of thinking I presented > > fits within a reductionist framework. Nobody is required > > to adhere to such a framework (and therefore to the way > > of thinking I presented). If one rejects the reductionist > > approach, all I can say isn't even worth reading it for > > him. And, again, all of this is pure speculation. > > >Personally I disagree with any reductionist approach. But, given that I >agree with many of your statement, perhaps we have a "vocabulary" >problem. >I do even believe that a thoroughly "scientific attitude" is >automatically anti-reductionnist, whatever theories are used. Science, >being modest, just cannot be reductionist(*). >Even the numbers are nowadays no more completely reductible to any >"unifying theory". >Only pseudo-scientist (or some scientist during the week-end) can be >reductionist.
I'm afraid I don't understand the version of reductionism to which you so strongly object. Are you perhaps referring to the mistake of trying to explain too much with too little? Or are you referring to what Daniel Dennett has called "greedy reductionism": where something is not so much explained in terms of what it reduces to as dismissed or explained away, like saying there is no such thing as mental states because it's all just neurophysiology? Well, it is "all just neurophysiology", in that the neurophysiology is necessary and sufficient for the mental states. The mental states in this sense can be said to reduce to the underlying brain states. But this is not the same as saying that the mental states therefore do not exist, or are not important. Stathis Papaioannou _________________________________________________________________ Dont just search. Find. Check out the new MSN Search! http://search.msn.click-url.com/go/onm00200636ave/direct/01/ --~--~---------~--~----~------------~-------~--~----~ You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To post to this group, send email to email@example.com To unsubscribe from this group, send email to [EMAIL PROTECTED] For more options, visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list -~----------~----~----~----~------~----~------~--~---