Reductionism, emergence, and burden of proof — part I
on January 14, 2015 Scientia salon
The scientific/academic community has failed to see that ‘evolution’ is not fully reducible to the level of physics. That could change with future sciences more sophisticated than what we have now. This issue is an old one, and surfaces in the eighteenth century in the wake of the Newtonian revolution. The philosopher Kant finally took the bull by the horns and produced a set of conceptual foundations for issues of teleology and this spawned a whole school of the so-called teleomechanists who tried to deal with a biology that wasn’t reducible to physics on the question of teleology. This kind of argument has resurfaced with the rise of the fine-tuning debate. We don’t understand evolution to this day, despite the appearance given by darwinism, and this situation is very confusing to those who are subject to science dogmas that are easily seen to be false.