About one hundred years ago, biologist* D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson
(On Growth and Form) wrote, “Everything is what it is because it got that way.” This seems to me the perfect exposition of the scientific, rationalist philosophy.
Now, I’m thinking that he deliberately used naive language to stress the fundamental and indisputable nature of the observation. I wonder if anyone will agree with me. (Always up for new experiences!)
* Amended: British mathematician, biologist, zoologist, university teacher, classical scholar and poet
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