This is a well-written article, with the exception that I disagree “that it [the whole] is more than the sum of its parts”. Nevertheless, the gist of what is being said is valid. This ‘sum-is-greater-than-whole’ is a favorite phrase of so-called ‘natural health’ or the ‘holistic’ approach…the whole can never be more than the sum of its parts, which I don’t believe that Steiner actually ever held that concept as he fully understood what Goethe was talking about in his concept of the archetype. We actually must go into the parts in order to understand the whole, as the whole is a ‘becoming of’. Yet we cannot apply an arithmetic value to the parts, for if we did then we would have to say that the whole exists only because of its parts; in other words, if this is true, then the whole is secondary to the parts – which it is not. In actuality the whole being was conceived as an idea (the archetype) before the individual parts came into physicality. Reductionist science is valid…the problem is that it stops there and never moves “upstream” (Henri Bortoft) in its thinking, it fails to see the whole reflected as a hologram in its parts.
A fundamental limitation of most modern science approaches is the undeniable possibility of a future discovery that can overturn existing theories. The overlooking of this possibility lies at the root of many modern world crises. These crises can be overcome only when science reforms its approach so that every understanding gained is firmly rooted in reality.
Anyone who goes through life with a conscious observant eye and a thinking mind must realize that, despite its plentiful and glorious achievements, humankind is facing multiple crises. These manifest themselves in seemingly all aspects of society, including education, health care, environment, agriculture, economy, and relationships from interpersonal to international.
In all of their striving, modern sciences have been trying to understand observed phenomena using various models or theories. These models start with certain presuppositions about the entities in the phenomena, and efforts are made to explain the phenomena in question by means of logical…
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