the theory that every complex phenomenon, especially in biology or psychology, can be explained by analyzing the simplest, most basic physical mechanisms that are in operation during the phenomenon.
the practice of simplifying a complex idea, issue, condition, or the like, especially to the point of minimizing, obscuring, or distorting it.
- re·duc·tion·ist, noun, adjective
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How to use reductionism in a sentence
reductionism says that this is possible, not that it is useful.The End of Reductionism Could Be Nigh. Or Not. - Facts So Romantic | Sabine Hossenfelder | June 18, 2021 | Nautilus
I believe part of the problem is that Marletto neither explains what she means by reductionism nor by emergent.The End of Reductionism Could Be Nigh. Or Not. - Facts So Romantic | Sabine Hossenfelder | June 18, 2021 | Nautilus
What an immense difference between reductionism and socialism!The Catholic World, Vol. X, October 1869 | Various
British Dictionary definitions for reductionism
the analysis of complex things, data, etc, into less complex constituents
often derogatory any theory or method that holds that a complex idea, system, etc, can be completely understood in terms of its simpler parts or components
- reductionist, noun, adjective
- reductionistic, adjective
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