This short series of papers was a response to a BBC TV programme on the Large Hadron Collider. A young researcher narrated a stroll around this truly gigantic machine, which, according to the consensus pluralist perspective of the scientists involved, will reveal “ever-new” features of the sub atomic world and hence(?) crucial facts about the very Origin of the Universe.
In particular the eagerly expected result “should” be a glimpse of the Higg’s Boson. A relatively large “elementary” particle which their theories present as being fundamental in the first appearance of Matter in an Energy-only Universe soon after the Big Bang. The whole standpoint and purposes of these scientists is criticized and contrasted with the alternative Emergentist standpoint, and the whole question of whether there was an Emergent Event between the initial, non-material state of the Universe and the whole subsequent, familiat and well-studied Macro World. A more detailed constrasting of Plurality and Holism – in particular the importance of Emergences in the Origin of Life, and indeed the whole Evolution of the Universe at all stages is described thereafter.
1. Differences between Plurality and Holism described
2. Plurality is concerned with Wholes & Parts and an unavoidable Reductionist hierarchy of cause
3. Holism has multidirectional and complete mediations, rejects Reductionism, and embraces the Evolution of Reality
4. Reductionism unavoidably looks for causes of an Emergence in previous Level relations
5. Holism (with acceptance of Emergences) knows that such is impossible, and sees such Events as the real stages in Evolution of Reality involving creation of the New.