reductionism

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Material world-view in which complex phenomenon is broken down into conceptual chunks small enough to be analyzed or measured. The basis of all analysis, reductionism is useful in understanding inanimate things or simple systems. This philosophy (specially when taken to extreme), however, dismisses environment as merely a set of resources to be consumed, and human beings as tools to be manipulated and exploited. It is opposite of holism based on the philosophy that a whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and that the nature of a thing or a complex system cannot be understood by breaking it apart but by looking at in its totality.

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I was not a fan of Descartes and his ideas on reductionism because it did not take consciousness into account.
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Sometimes if things are getting to big for your business you will need to cut back with some reductionism so you can handle it all.
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The reductionism engaged in by the scientific community on this issue was suboptimal for fully understand the detailed and complex processes.
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