Saturday, 7 April 2012
Reductionism- The 'Eruditious' Feud
The mechanics behind the mechanism remain well-defined and documented. Tenets that formulate, the facets that constitute and the building blocks that lie deep within the elaborateness seem the very junction between that of understanding and erudition. The components that define and enrich, initiate and function in unison with each other remain an almost infallible means of conquering the end-product from every approachable angle. A critical and analytical outlook of those frontiers and their individual components reveals a powerhouse labyrinth of integrated circuity and design. A circuity that we attempt to master by dissecting the sheer components that conform to its form, function and being. The advent of Reductionism as both a philosophical and scientific movement has foreseen paradigm-shifting proportions that have held considerable implications. Implications that have transfigured our traditional approach to thought, wisdom and intellect. But on the surface, reductionism maintains a conviction to understanding the nature of things through their reduction into their rudiments and fundamental components. Deep within such a philosophy of understanding is a timeless and classic feud with a sister principle that holds the uncompromising crux of knowing. Simultaneously, it has arisen from the likes of those who have maintained their reductionist ideology and method. Holism remains such a counterpart, with its means of dissection bent on the appreciation of the greater whole, the fuller reality. And in the midst of such an intellectual and philosophical feud is the prospect that with reductionism comes an understanding of the mechanics and that with holism arises an understanding of the conjecture, the reality or frontier at hand as an uncompromising whole. More importantly remains the intrinsic crux, the essence of the erudition and the plethora of states it is manifested through. In addition, the conundrum remains whether one as a thinker and as an intellectual should consider the latter or the former, for reductionism or holism and the marriage of two contradictory realms in a seamless and profound fashion. Such a fashion crafted elegantly from the likes of the mechanics of the reductionist with the entirety of the holistic. But if such a combination of 'holistic reductionism' were to be conceived, queries arise as to how it manifests itself as a revolutionary turning point in the nature of understanding. Questions arise as to its consistency, its colour and proportion and the means by which it may be dissected as if it were a living species. Such an approach is analogous to that of a tree, with its branching roots and sprawling leaves; the holistic sees a being that is both whole and flourishing. The reductionist foresees the intricate biochemistry, the anatomy and physiological processes that foresee the its processes as a living species. The beauty of such an approach comes with the marriage of holism with reductionism, the unity between the flourishing whole roots and sprawling leaves and the intricate biochemistry coupled with the anatomy and physiologic happening. It is a beauty unsurpassed and elegant when one envisions the best of both realms, the crux of both frontiers. An elegance that we may dissect, document and hypothesise and never cease to share an 'eruditious' feud.