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- adj. of, or relating to reductionism
- n. an advocate of reductionism
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who advocates reduction; specifically, in England, one who advocates a reduction of the number of licenses of public-houses.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or relating to the theory of reductionism
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However, if we allow ourselves to be bogged down in reductionist bickering or sidetracked by provisional arguments, we do a shameful disservice to the children.
If I may trade in reductionist stereotypes for a split-second, we like our melodrama here on the subcontinent.
This is called reductionist science for a very good and obvious reason.
Of all the descriptive terms used by Ben Goldacre, I think the most striking is 'reductionist' - probably because it seems to be a recurring theme in our society.
One which we can call the reductionist world view which says that consciousness is a byproduct of our brains.
And that is the prevailing worldview in science and it's called the reductionist worldview.
Seriously, it seems a lot of people who focus on current biological science become remarkably 'reductionist' and in many ways are still thinking of the universe as a 'clockwork' - that idea has been outdated in physics for over century, time for Richard Dawkins to catch up.
The American Idiocracy rewards hysteria, and particularly the kind of reductionist and bigoted hysteria exemplified by the effort to turn the Ft. Hood tragedy into a simple "America versus Islam" crusade.
But what they wanted specifically is totally commensurate with such "reductionist" aims.
Oh, and just in case you think there is anything to Kaufman's claim that Kindle=Nazi is a "reductionist" reading of his post, please note this comment where he goes on to ask the rhetorical question: Today's hi-techers already dismiss the physical book as expendable.