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Leonardo da Vinci & The New Biology

Biological Science has been under the spell of Newton's atomistic view of the universe since the late 17th century. Yet revolutionary new discoveries in molecular biology reveal a connectivity and proportionality embedded within our bodies and the biosphere as a whole reminiscent of ideas once held by visionaries like Leonardo da Vinci.  Biological atomism is a reductionistic intellectual movement that can be tracked to the popularization of Sir Isaac Newton’s corpuscular theories of matter and light in the late 17th and 18th century. The view held that in order to understand life, one must focus on what is believed to be the indivisible and elementary vital units of the cell, taking an epistemiological decompositional and/or bottom up approach to understanding more complex processes.  Read more...
 

 

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