Reductionism, Brain Imaging, and Social Identity Commentary on “Biological Indeterminacy”
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The practice of reductionism in science and philosophy includes attempts to essentialize human persons, which can lead to serious social problems. Reductionism is not necessary, as comparative philosophers and alternative-thinking scientists have shown.
KeywordsChinese philosophy Comparative philosophy Neuroimaging Reductionism Social Identity
Many thanks are expressed to D. P. Sheehan, Department of Physics, University of San Diego, for discussing aspects of this paper.
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