We are starting 2010 with a great Future Salon. One of Future Salon's pillars is the scientific method. Artificial Intuition researcher Monica Anderson will take a closer look at the scientific process and what the latest developments are in that field. How solid is this pillar?
Join us for this interesting evening on Thursday 21st of January 2010 6pm at SAP Labs in Palo Alto. Please RSVP. (more info further down)
Abstract: Reductionism - the idea that difficult problems should be attacked by dividing them into simpler problems - is the most fundamental principle of the hard sciences. The justification "The Whole equals the sum of its Parts" has been used for thousands of years. Physics and related sciences, and the support disciplines of mathematics and computer science are all permeated by this Reductionist stance, and for good reason: It has worked really well. We have found compact explanations for all kinds of phenomena and have solved countless problems using these strategies.But these strategies don't always work in Life Sciences like Biology, Genomics, Psychology, and Ecology. Often "The Whole is larger than the sum of its Parts" and when taking things apart, emergent phenomena like life, quality, intelligence, and meaning simply disappear. All attempts to capture the essence of life using Reductionist models, equations, and theories of living systems have failed. The Life Sciences have for decades managed to get by using other approaches. They use methods that emphasize Whole Systems and where context is to be exploited rather than discarded as a distracting nuisance. These methods adopt a more "Holistic" stance.
Future Salons have the following structure: 6-7pm is networking with light refreshments proudly sponsored by SAP; 7-9+pm is the presentation followed by questions and discussion.
SAP Labs North America, Building D, COIL (Co-Innovation Lab). SAP is located at 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304[map]. Free and open to the public. Please spread the word and invite others, but be sure to RSVP http://bit.ly/52OgZu so we know how many people to expect.
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