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Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition by Howard Jacobson, T. Colin Campbell

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4

The Triumph of Reductionism

We do not see things as they are. We see them as we are.

—TALMUD

An old story: Six blind men are asked to describe an elephant. Each feels a different body part: leg, tusk, trunk, tail, ear, and belly. Predictably, each offers a vastly different assessment: pillar, pipe, tree branch, rope, fan, and wall. They argue vigorously, each sure that their experience alone is the correct one.

I can’t think of a better metaphor to highlight the big problem with scientific research today. Except that instead of six blind men, modern science tasks 60,000 researchers to examine the elephant, each through a different lens.

Now, ...

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