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The reductionist blind spot

Abbott, Russ (2009) The reductionist blind spot. [Preprint]

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    Can there be higher level laws of nature even though everything is reducible to the fundamental laws of physics? The computer science notion of level of abstraction explains how there can be. The key relationship between elements on different levels of abstraction is not the is-composed-of relationship but the im-plements relationship. I take a scientific realist position with respect to (material) levels of abstraction and their instantiation as (material) entities. They exist as ob-jective elements of nature. Reducing them away to lower order phenomena pro-duces a reductionist blind spot and is bad science.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: emergence, entities, level of abstraction, reductionism
    Subjects: General Issues > Laws of Nature
    Specific Sciences > Computer Science
    General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
    Specific Sciences > Complex Systems
    Depositing User: Prof. Russ Abbott
    Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2009
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:17
    Item ID: 4540
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/4540

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