Vine Deloria, Jr.


This article criticizes the prevailing reductionism present in modern scientific and technological rationality. In contemporary society, the articulation between such reductionism and the modern mechanistic cosmological model has led to an objectivizing absolutism that simplifies the complexity of reality. In this regard, the high-level training project for indigenous peoples should avoid such reductionism. It is suggested that indigenous scientific and technological practices be revalued as valid sources for an intercultural dialogue. In this context, local goals have a privileged place.

Keywords: reductionism, science and technology, holism, complexity, intercultural dialogue.