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Beyond Us and Them - A Sermon of Feb. 19, 2 (Epiphany VII) - The Rev. Amy McCreath

As many of you know, I lived in the Central Province of Kenya for a year, among the Kikuyu people. In the village of Kangare, where I lived, there were two greetings you could offer someone when you met up with them on the road or elsewhere.   1,329 more words

Sermons

Modernism and Post-Modernism: A Reductionist Approach

Reductionism is a philosophical approach to the understanding of complex, holistic entities by breaking them down into their fundamental core elements. Once the elements of the concept are understood, than so can the entire concept. 1,797 more words

Everything all at once

I hate specialization.

Well, not really. I’m just not all about it. Probably because I’m not really a specialist in anything. Don’t get me wrong, specialization is super important. 1,069 more words

The Anthropocene Choice

Ten Propositions on the Anthropocene Choice for Humanity

1.We are now in the ANTHROPOCENE: a new evolutionary phase of the planet since about 1950 defined primarily by one species, Homo sapiens, largely determining planetary evolution… 546 more words

Social Change

What is it like to be a bat?

Thomas Nagel’s now-famous article about the impossibility of using a reductionist approach to understanding human consciousness.

We appear to be faced with a general difficulty about psychophysical reduction.

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Consciousness

Reductionism

Levels of explanation

Reductionism can feel like a really hard concept to teach well. Initially students seem to grasp the idea that some approaches are limited by the focus of the explanation of human behaviour. 1,052 more words

A Level Psychology

When Your Box is too Small

If reductionism is like trying to stuff all of reality into a box, we could say the problem is that the box is always too small. 60 more words

Materialism