reductionism

I’m reading a book titled Linked on social networking by Albert-Laszio Barabasi. The introduction introduces an analogy on reductionism which I am using as inspiration for this comment.

Reductionism was the driving force behind much of the twentieth century’s scientific research. To comprehend nature, it tells us, we first much comprehend its components. The assumption is that once we understand the parts, it will be easy to grasp the whole. Divide and conquer. The devil is in the details. Therefore for decades we have been forced to see the world through its constituents. We have been trained to study atoms and superstrings to understand the universe; molecules to comprehend life; individual genes to understand complex human behavior; prophets to see the origins of fads and religions.

Now we are close to knowing just about everything there is to know about the pieces. But we are as far as we have ever been from understanding nature as a whole. Indeed, the re-assembly turned out to be much harder than scientists ever anticipated. The reason is simple: Riding reductionism we run into the hard wall of complexity.

car in piecesPresident Obama is taking this country and our liberty apart. And demonstrating daily that he can’t put it back together. So just like a child he moves on to the next toy and leaves the last one scattered in parts all over the place. Just like a child, he loses interest in the toys he’s destroyed. Just like a child he doesn’t worry about the consequences of destroying the toy. And just like a spoiled child, he doesn’t regret his destruction. And most importantly, just like a child he blames the problem on the toy – or his brother.


I take full responsibility for my own opinions, comments and slurs against asshats.  I'm just another guy with just another opinion. Although, I may be turning into my father who my mother always said was 'the world's foremost authority."



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