2005 Research Fair Archive - Philosophy Abstracts
“Where’s the Stuff?”
For thousands of years, scientists operating under the physical reductionist paradigm of Western science have broken down matter in order to discover a fundamental component of the universe. Even as modern scientists seem to be on the brink of establishing a new description of the universe in an all-encompassing “Theory of Everything,” they may only be solidifying this reductionist paradigm that has dominated scientific description since the pre-Socratics shifted the explanatory focus away from myth. Our continued reliance on the metaphors that are built into scientific description at these minute levels may indicate that it is time to critically evaluate this paradigm and the way we attempt to understand the world around us.