Extreme reductionism

In hmolscience, extreme reductionism, similar to ultra-reductionism, as compared to moderate reductionism or weak reductionism, refers to reductionism taken to the extreme.

The work of Alfred Lotka has been classified as extreme reductionism. [1] Steven Weinberg, likewise, has been classified (Ѻ) as a champion of “extreme reductionism”.

The opposite of extreme reductionism tends to called holism. (Ѻ)

The following are related quotes:

Physical science will not stop short of a reduction of the universe and all it contains to the basis of mechanics; in more concrete terms, to the working of a machine.”
Carl Snyder (1903), New Conceptions in Science (Ѻ)

“There is nothing but the difficulty of the task to hinder the reduction of all [socio-] physiological processes to physical and chemical phenomena.”
Lawrence Henderson (1927), “The Process of Scientific Discovery” [2]; note: the "socio-" insert, making the statement indicative of "extreme" reductionism, is a retrospect addition, per his later Gibbs-based ventures into sociology (see: "Sociology 23" + Harvard Pareto circle)

“Perhaps there is reluctance [in not employing Lotka’s theories] to resort to such an apparently extreme reductionism.”
Richard Adams (1988), The Eight Day (pg. 37) [1]

1. Adams, Richard N. (1988). The Eighth Day: Social Evolution as the Self-Organization of Energy (extreme reductionism, pg. 37). University of Texas Press.

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