Combined opposites

This concept of a natural interdependence of opposites that seemingly exclude each other but, equally cannot survive without the other, is not new at all.

It is the central part of modern Dialectics - 'the soul of all knowledge which is truly scientific' - as taught by Hegel (Encyclopaedia of the philosophical sciences, 1830) and Engels (Dialectics of nature, 1879). And, to go back in time even further, 'combined opposites' - Yin and Yang - are central to old Chinese philosophy and ancient popular wisdom.

Thus, common sense would suggest that neither of the two -Integrationism and Reductionism (and this shall be the last time we affront the reader with an '-ism') - is self-sufficient, and both are obligatory to the quest for knowledge.

This view lays the basis of probably the most exciting new development in bio-medical research - the Physiome Project.

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