Stuart Kauffman on Beyond Reductionism

It is very good that <a href="; target="_BLank" title="A Possible Solution For The Problem Of Time In Quantum Cosmology
By Stuart Kauffman and Lee Smolin [4.7.97]”>Stu Kauffman and Lee are making this serious attempt to save a notion of time, since I think the issue of timelessness is central to the unification of general relativity with quantum mechanics. The notion of time capsules is still certainly only a conjecture. However, as Lee admits, it has proven very hard to show that the idea is definitely wrong. Moreover, the history of physics has shown that it is often worth taking disconcerting ideas seriously, and I think timelessness is such a one. At the moment, I do not find Lee and Stu’s arguments for time threaten my position too strongly
.”– Julian Barbour


Is it more astonishing that a God created all that exists in six days, or that the natural processes of the creative universe have yielded galaxies, chemistry, life, agency, meaning, value, consciousness, culture without a Creator. In my mind and heart, the overwhelming answer is that the truth as best we know it, that all arose with no Creator agent, all on its wondrous own, is so awesome and stunning that it is God enough for me and I hope much of humankind.


Stuart Alan Kauffman (28 September 1939) is an US American theoretical biologist and complex systems researcher concerning the origin of life on Earth. He is best known for arguing that the complexity of biological systems and organisms might result as much from self-organization and far-from-equilibrium dynamics as from Darwinian natural selection, as well as for proposing the first models of Boolean networks.

Kauffman presently holds a joint appointment at the University of Calgary in Biological Sciences and in Physics and Astronomy, and is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Philosophy. He is also an iCORE (Informatics Research Circle of Excellence) [1] chair and the director of the Institute for Biocomplexity and Informatics.


See:Reinventing the Sacred: A New View of Science, Reason, and Religion (Hardcover)

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3 Responses to Stuart Kauffman on Beyond Reductionism

  1. RBM says:

    Meh, Some humans just can't get over themselves it seems.Glad to hear of the effort. It is needed, unto itself, to be addressed. Maybe something unexpected – like humans are something more than just particles forming a field of flesh – so I'll look in, on the effort once in a while, like this post.

  2. PlatoHagel says:

    Hi Rbm,It is a multi-approach written blog posting to how paradigmatic changes are capable of bringing new perspective to the table.The article was written to show that cross pollination works in terms of people and their trades. Or, how could anyone have an opinion without injecting the bias of their age and trade as a foundation with respective of how we may approach things.Soft Envy by Bee speaks to that, as well as hones in on the respective subject and attempts to define cancer with regard to another world view? While she does not speak directly about Cancer….I do.

  3. RBM says:

    To clarify, my remark was wholly about only the video clip. I've quite had enough of the exclusively reductionist mindsets that are literally everywhere. Re: This postGenerally I'm all for paradigm breakage in any and all forms. Such activity tells me learning is going on, and, maybe, possibly, spiritual growth, even 🙂

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