Title text: "I've noticed you physics people can be a little on the reductionist side." "That's ridiculous. Name ONE reductionist word I've ever said."
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Reductionism is an approach that seeks to understand the world by breaking problems into simpler pieces. This approach can disregard emergent properties which appear only from the individual parts working together. Here the meta joke is that Randall is attempting to define the word 'Reductionism', but is taking the reductionist approach to its extreme. He breaks the WORD "Reductionism" into individual letters explaining the origin of each individual letter, acting as if the word was nothing more than the "sum" of all its letters. In doing so he entirely fails to explain the actual meaning of the word.
In the title text, the speaker claims they are not reductionist since they have never said a single reductionist word. However the speaker overlooks the fact that reductionism is an emergent property of sentences. By focussing on individual words in this way the speaker proves them-self a reductionist, in the very act of trying to refute this accusation.
- REDUCTIONISM n.1."R" is a letter with
- origins in the egyptian hieroglyphics. "E"
- stands for a vowel sound normally
- represented by "I" until the 1500's. "D" is
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