Monday, July 10, 2006
I picked up the "Mismeasure of Man" by S.J.Gould and couldn't help but think that these 'sins' are the very same grave errors one finds in much of Biblical Studies.
Reductionism: the desire to explain partly random, large-scale, and irreducibly complex phenomena by the smallest constituent parts.
Reification: the propensity to convert an abstract concept into a hard entity
Dichotomization: our desire to parse complex and continuous reality into two's
Hierarchy: our inclination to order items by ranking them in a linear series of increasing worth
Posted by metalepsis at 3:53 PM