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The Particular Case of Genetic Reductionism

Genetic reductionists pick a particular level of scientific explanation, that of the functioning of genes, and downplay the claims of higher-level descriptions.See Richard Dawkins and E.O.Wilson against the possibility of the truth of religion.

This is a vastly tempting reduction, because we understand, in principle at least, a great deal about genes and how they function. We understand far less about organisms, how they grow and develop, what determines their behaviour.

Click here to read about criticisms of genetic reductionism within science

Click here to explore ethical concerns raised by genetic reductionism

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Source: God, Humanity and the Cosmos  (T&T Clark, 1999)

Reductionism and Theology

Index - God, Humanity and the Cosmos, 1999 T&T Clark

The Particular Case of Genetic Reductionism

Related Book Topics:

Can Reductionism Rule Out Truth in Religion?
Can Darwinism Rule Out Truth in Religion?
Richard Dawkins and E.O.Wilson Against the Possibility of the Truth of Religion
An Examination of Reductionism
The Concept of Emergence
Criticisms of Genetic Reductionism Within Science
Ethical Concerns Raised by Genetic Reductionism
Cross-Explanatory Reductionism


Dr. Christopher Southgate in God, Humanity and the Cosmos.Published by T&T Clark.

See also:

What Religion Can Learn From Science
Books on Science and Religion