NETFUTURE

                    Technology and Human Responsibility

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Issue #162                                                   April 5, 2005
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                   A Publication of The Nature Institute
             Editor:  Stephen L. Talbott (stevet@netfuture.org)

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CONTENTS
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Editor's Note

Recognizing Reality (Stephen L. Talbott)
   Toward a New, Qualitative Science (Part 1)

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                              EDITOR'S NOTE

Regarding the following essay:  if any of you have been impatient with my
earlier critique of mechanistic science, or with the dialogue on mechanism
that Kevin Kelly and I pursued, then I hope you will read, with critical
faculties on high alert, the series that begins here.  I will be
attempting to articulate the vision of reality that has, all along, been
implicit in the critique, and from which the critique arose.

I will continue to gather, re-organize, and revise all these essays, along
with various supporting papers, on the Nature Institute website.  You'll
find the entire collection at
http://natureinstitute.org/txt/st/mqual.
For those of you who live within striking distance of Hudson, New York: I'll be giving a lecture at The Nature Institute the evening of Thursday, April 14, at 7:30 It's entitled, "Grasping for Certainty, Fleeing from Meaning: The Dilemma of Science and Some Thoughts on Its Resolution". Go to http://natureinstitute.org/calendar for details. SLT Goto table of contents ========================================================================== RECOGNIZING REALITY Toward a New, Qualitative Science (Part 1) Stephen L. Talbott (stevet@netfuture.org) What is a quality? I cannot tell you -- at least not in any direct way. This makes it difficult for me when a reader, Maurice Englander, responds to "The Reduction Complex" (NF #158) by complaining that "Talbott never defines what he means by 'quality'". Former Wired editor, Kevin Kelly, voices a similar concern when he asks me for a definition of "the exact method of holism -- how it runs as a science and not as poetry". I respect these requests. This essay is the beginning of a response. But I am afraid my response may not be quite what my correspondents were looking for. The crucial issue, we