from The Century Dictionary.
- Not reductible; irreducible.
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A fast parsing has not allowed me to find any new argument that would not have been discussed a hundred times here or in the talkorigin archives mutations cannot be beneficial, complexity is irreductible, evolution contradicts the second law of thermodynamics…, and the usual quote-mining is also at full work.
The curious thing is that in spite of his avowed materialism, Lamarck's conception of life and evolution is profoundly psychological, and from the conflict of his materialism and his vitalism (of which he was himself hardly conscious), arise most of the obscurities and the irreductible self-contradiction of his theory.
I am willing to accept the bungling of the Garfield deal and the nerve-wracking battle that was waged to secure the right director, but when arbitrary action is taken interfering with my irreductible rights as an author, I'm not going to take it.
He is still alive and has recently given some talks around catalan territory to present the documentary Lucio, el anarquista irreductible.