with physicalism i mean a form of reductionism that is ideológical instead
of metodological, in the sense that despise anything beyond the laws of
physics. Physicalists despise chemistry and biology not to mention other
An scientist can use reductionism in a metodological way, for example, we
can use quantum nechanics to better understand some chemical reactions. or
we can use brain scanning or cognitive sciences to help in the study of the
mind. What is ideológical is to deny or despise anything above your
2013/9/7 meekerdb <meeke...@verizon.net>
> On 9/7/2013 12:40 AM, Alberto G. Corona wrote:
> That's right. I´m not joking if i say that the thing that discredited
> philosophers definitively was relativity, quantum mechanics and their
> realization: the atomic bomb. That is the event that raised physicalism, a
> branch of logical positivism and analytical philosophy, and discredited any
> other way of thinking.
> If by "physicalism" you mean the meta- of physics, then it's not
> positivism. Positivism hasn't been considered a good meta-physics since
> Mach. Too many unobservable things: atoms, photons, quarks, virtual
> particles,... turned out to make good empirical models.
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