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16:26 Nov 21, 2001
Spanish to English translations [Non-PRO]
Spanish term or phrase: descripcion reduccionista
describing democracy
United Kingdom
Local time: 10:54

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4 +3reductionist desciptionSerge L



8 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +3
reductionist desciption

"For some observers, science has revealed flaws in the traditional description of a person (as consisting of a body with separate mind and/or soul). The ‘person’ found under a microscope is made up of genes and neurons undergoing predictable chemical reactions. From this perspective we can see no consciousness, no freedom, and no ‘soul’ able to make moral, responsible choices. Other observers — including scientists — argue that this ‘reductionist’ description of personhood is inadequate."

"Genetic determinism has ruled biology and the popular culture at large before genetic engineering really got underway 25 years ago. It offers a simplistic, reductionist description which is a travesty of the interdependence and complexity of organic reality. It has no concept of the organism as a whole, nor of societies or ecosystems."


Serge L.

Serge L
Local time: 11:54
PRO pts in pair: 202

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  AndrewBM: also: "description is reductionist" whenever it suits the case
36 mins

agree  Monica Colangelo: An enlightening piece. Thanks, Serge!
1 hr

agree  Tania Marques-Cardoso
2 hrs
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