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Books are available (from Amazon) here.
BOOK DESCRIPTION, INVERSE ATOMISM: describing the simple in terms of the complex
This book examines, in example after example, how science describes simple individual events in terms of how they fit into a larger complex picture. For instance, it describes molecular motion in terms of equilibria, or planetary motion in terms of orbits, or flowerpots in terms of potential (to fall off ledges). In other words, science describes the simple in terms of the complex. The book compares that with other accounts of science, such as seeing it atomistically or causally. Then it looks at the philosophical implications of that, for our conceptions of science, truth, and causality, as well as examining applications for the studies of mind, complexity, evolution, and energy.
Not just a critique of atomism, the book is a series of arguments and commentaries that, in how they fit together, constitute an alternative naturalistic approach.
BOOK DESCRIPTION, THE ENERGYISTS:
Without using math or equations, this book compares and contrasts the Lagrangian theory of motion with the Newtonian theory of motion. (It might be subtitled “Lagrangian mechanics for students of the humanities”). The primary difference is that the Lagrangian approach is based on energy, whereas the Newtonian is premised on forces. The book examines the differences in the assumptions of each, and it parlays that into a discussion of issues in philosophy. For instance, from forces we can be inspired to see a world of causation (things “pushing” on other things), whereas energy does not even have a direction to it (which of course is required for pushing).
Hence, an energyist is someone who sees the world philosophically in terms of how science describes energy, not just how science describes forces. Both ways are “scientific.”
Also, the book examines biasing, which is a way in which energy can build complexity.
Finally, the book discusses the paradoxes of Lagrangian mechanics, which are different from (but just as strange as) the paradoxes of quantum mechanics.
Both books are available (from Amazon) here.
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