Martin Euser's Blog – April 2011 Archive (9)

Beyond Reductionism (7)

Weiss, part five.

Open systems

Weiss mentions here his use of escape clauses as "to all intents

and purposes", "relatively bounded", "relatively constant", "essential" in relation to the issue of the non-existence of wholly autonomous, tightly bounded, systems of any order of magnitude and complexity.…


Added by Martin Euser on April 30, 2011 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Beyond Reductionism (6)

Weiss, part four

Hierarchy: a biological necessity

To stress the need for viewing living organisms as hierarchically

ordered systems, ponder the following facts. The average cell in the human body

consists of about eighty per cent of water and for the rest contains about 10^5



Added by Martin Euser on April 26, 2011 at 7:41pm — 1 Comment

Beyond Reductionism (5)

Weiss, part three

Reductionism and holism

Weiss next tries to define basic criteria that mark a complex of parts for designation as a system. First, however, he talks about the controversy in biology between "reductionism" and "holism". The former finds its advocates in the field of "molecular biology". The latter term can be used to imply a deliberate “self-limitation of…


Added by Martin Euser on April 25, 2011 at 8:23am — 1 Comment

Beyond Reductionism (4)

Weiss, part two


From analysis to synthesis

By looking from single objects to their interrelations with others,

one reverses his direction from analysis to synthesis. By doing this,

one discovers simple rules which describe the interrelations between…


Added by Martin Euser on April 24, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Beyond Reductionism (3)

The living system: determinism stratified

Paul A. Weiss*

Rockefeller University, New York

A summary of Weiss's main points, as far as relevant to the purpose of this blog, follows.

Emphasis is largely mine. This is a long article, from which I retain the headings of the…


Added by Martin Euser on April 23, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Beyond Reductionism (2)

We continue with Piaget and Inhelder:

“There is a second difference between physical experience and logico-mathematical experience or deduction. Whilst the latter, proceeding by means of reflective abstractions, leads to progressive purification (whose final stages are today those of the formalization peculiar to "pure" mathematics), physical experience is always a sort of "mixture". There is in fact no "pure" experience in…


Added by Martin Euser on April 20, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Beyond Reductionism (1)

In this series of blog posts, I will summarize and quote parts of some books that deal with the problems of reductionism.

The first book that draw my attention, was the famous book "Beyond reductionism", New perspectives in the life sciences, which is a report from the Alpbach Symposium held in 1968. Participants were, among others, Arthur Koestler [holons!], J.R. Smythies, Ludwig von Bertalanffy [systems theory], Paul Weiss, Jean Piaget[developmental psychology], Paul Maclean…


Added by Martin Euser on April 17, 2011 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

The wayseer manifesto..

For all the mavericks, misfits, seers.. enjoy the following video:


Added by Martin Euser on April 15, 2011 at 4:15pm — 1 Comment

Famous Myers book on the afterlife now available on my scribd page

At my scribd page you will now find the famous book of Frederic Myers on his research on the afterlife.




While at my page, be so kind to Like it!





Added by Martin Euser on April 10, 2011 at 7:26am — 4 Comments

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