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From Mechanism to a Science of Qualities

The papers collected here are part of a work in progress by Stephen L. Talbott. They are attempts to describe our reigning (and mostly unconscious) cognitive habits, the limitations of conventional science, and the redirections required for a new, qualitative science. By virtue of its qualitative character, such a science will be holistic and irreducibly ethical (or unethical).

These papers may be periodically revised. I have placed them here in order to invite the most thorough criticism possible. Send any comments you have to stevet@netfuture.org. You can also visit my home page and write me at The Nature Institute, 20 May Hill Road, Ghent NY 12075.

Current Project:
Toward a Biology Worthy of Life

Toward a Biology Worthy of Life

The general public still seems largely unaware of it — and even many scientists have not fully picked up on its true significance. Nevertheless, the ongoing transformation of molecular biology — including, but by no means restricted to the "epigenetic revolution" that has lately been entering the news — is rewriting our understanding of the living organism. The new developments do not mean merely that one more layer of “control” is laid on top of DNA. What they really require is a radical reconceptualization of biology — and indeed of science in general — that may rival any paradigm change of the past. This ongoing series of papers is my attempt, first, to sketch the actual findings of the molecular biologists (with a focus on gene expression), and then, in later parts of the series, to bring out the significance of these findings for our understanding of the organism and its evolution.

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