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  • n  a theory that all complex systems can be completely understood in terms of their components
  • n  the analysis of complex things into simpler constituents

  • Bank balance sheets are so complex that applying one set of measures for all of them is irresponsible reductionism, these analysts argued.
  • Even for the casually religious, such seeming reductionism can rankle.
  • A resistance to reductionism, however, does not warrant taking refuge in scientific Luddism, the view that science has nothing at all to tell us about human personality.

  • Cardinal Francis George in Times of Malta
    May the Shoah be a warning for all against forgetfulness, denial or reductionism, because violence committed against one single human being is violence against all,the Pope said.
  • Pope Pius XII in AFP
    The German pope, 81, said he was in "full and indisputable solidarity" with the Jewish people, and added: "The Shoah (Holocaust) should be a warning for all against forgetting, denial and reductionism."
  • Pope Benedict XVI in آكي
    May the Shoah be for everyone an admonition against oblivion, negation and reductionism, because violence against a single human being is violence against all,said Benedict.

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