Unorthodox assistance: Novalis, Māori, scientism, and an uncertain approach to 'Whakapapa'
Mika, C.T. (2011). Unorthodox assistance: Novalis, Māori, scientism, and an uncertain approach to 'Whakapapa'. In N. Fanke & C. Mika (eds.), In Die Natur - Naturphilosopie und Naturpoetik in Interkultureller Perspektive (pp. 89-108). Wellington: Goethe Institut.
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The reductionism of Western science is well noted among several Maori academics, who describe in various ways its methodical tendency to dissemble an organism and isolate its parts. The reductionist nature of the method of science then informs the practice, so that the manifestations of science - its latest innovations, evidenced in biotechnology, cloning, stem cell therapy and so on - become an overriding concern for these academics. Rightly, the effects of those innovations on Maori spiritual and phYSical realms are addressed, to the extent that they may constitute extensive submissions to governmental bodies. How effective these submissions are is open to considerable speculation, particularly when it is acknowledged by many of these same writers that those ministerial and judicial bodies are incapable of understanding the dilemmas posed by the effects of reductionist scientific practice on the Maori world. The Maori world, in the main, is left to wait until it is confronted with yet another scientific advancement or technology, and the rush to counter its modus operandi begins again.
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