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From Mechanism to a Science of Qualities

The papers collected here are part of a work in progress by Stephen L. Talbott. They are attempts to describe our reigning (and mostly unconscious) cognitive habits, the limitations of conventional science, and the redirections required for a new, qualitative science. By virtue of its qualitative character, such a science will be holistic and irreducibly ethical (or unethical).

These papers may be periodically revised. I have placed them here in order to invite the most thorough criticism possible. Send any comments you have to stevet@netfuture.org. You can also visit my home page for a much more comprehensive guide to all my writings, or contact me at The Nature Institute, 20 May Hill Road, Ghent NY 12075.

Over-arching Project:
Toward a Biology Worthy of Life

Toward a Biology Worthy of Life

This project has been my central occupation since 2009, and is now the repository for a large amount of very readable material. Its main page is here. Most recently, this project has come to a focus in my work upon a book-in-progress tentatively called Evolution As It Was Meant To Be — And the Living Narratives That Tell Its Story. The chapters of this book are being made available on this website as they are written. You will find them at https://bwo.life/bk/index.htm.

The papers listed below are those that were written before I took up Biology Worthy of Life and, for the most part, they are not closely related to that project.

[Photo © Ernst Vikne (CC)]

More relating to the organism:

Some more general and fundamental considerations:

On art, science, qualities, and ethics

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Steve Talbott :: From Mechanism to a Science of Qualities