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The Alzheimer Conundrum by Margaret Lock

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Chapter 9

Transcending Entrenched Tensions

The world is indeed complex; so too should be our representations and analyses of it. Yet science has traditionally sought to reduce the “booming, buzzing, confusion” to simple, universal, and timeless underlying laws.

—Sandra D. Mitchell, Unsimple Truths1

Competing Ideas about Causality

The preceding chapters have made clear that the interrelated tensions highlighted in the opening Orientations revolve to a greater or lesser degree around matters relating to ideas about AD causation. Is Alzheimer’s best modeled as though this condition is purely a “material” matter? In other words, does AD take hold and evolve entirely in the brain as a fully localized phenomenon? If yes, then efforts to treat this ...

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