I’d like to give Bacon a few words, although Kuhn’s introduction of the concept of “paradigm shift” put Bacon on a long list of others. Still, there’s no question that Bacon was super influential, so he gets a few words.
I like the mindset shift that happens when you work on adopting a scientific mindset.
It’s not strictly scientific method or strictly reasoning but has bits of heart, bits of engineering, and loads of pragmatism.
A good scientific mindset is somewhat like being as anal as an accountant is with balancing the books while slightly masochistically wanting to be wrong and right at the same time.
I’m just finding correlations that are of a “related mindset” as yours (and mine as well I believe) that you might find interesting:
Well, some people *do* use holism for anti-reductionism. But I think even the anti-reductionists aren’t really anti-reductionist… they just want to see reductionism put into its proper place, seen in a holistic fashion as part of a greater system rather than strong enough to be its own ends.
I agree. But some people do that. Play sports with it. I don’t think of them as opposing.
I can’t say that they’re idiots, as much as I want to because then *I’m* playing sports.
The people get make everything “polar opposite” will continue to do so as some always do. Sometimes useful things come out of their battles. Sometimes I join in when I think the fight gets unfair in one direction or the other. But as much as I want it to go away, it won’t, not yet.
I’m not saying my attitude is better than yours because I have no idea. I just have to what seems right for me to do.