(since this seems to be an interesting discussion, i am reposting it with a future date so that it will remain top of this blog).
nytimes book review
talks about how the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, much the same as those with faith have always criticized the dry cartesian reductionist (reductio ad absurdum?) tendencies of european science. there is the music of the spheres; there is the balance of the vital energies (eg. vata pitta kapha), but euro-science simply refuses to acknowledge them.
i have thought that a science which cannot tell the difference between a live person and the same person two seconds after he is dead -- of course there is nothing reductionist in terms of his chemical composition that has changed -- is not a very good science. it is indeed missing the forest for the trees.