lördag 3 januari 2015
Discipline limits corrupt reductionism
While reductionism itself can be useful if used correctly, academic discipline distinctions guarantee that it is used incorrectly. Using reductionism in discipline-divided academia leads to explanations clustering at arbitrarily constructed demarcations between disciplines (the most "reduced" explanations at your side of the discipline limit). That explanative clustering is not scientific at all. In fact, it's as bad as religious fundamentalism. And by making peer status specific to arbitrarily-demarcated disciplines, peer review journals are main culprits behind that unscientific practise.