Francis Bacon says “Be the bee..”

The nature/nuture or Rationalist/Empricist debate has been going on a long time. This is kind of strange considering almost everyone who addresses always says that personally they think it’s a little from column A and a little from column B. Not like their opponents in the other camp who are clearly all about column A or all about column B.

But this one of the best metaphors i’ve come across for rethinking innateness:

Empirics are like ants who gather and use; Dogmatics are like spiders who spin webs out of themselves. The bee is the true middle way: it gathers material from garden and field flowers and then with the faculties proper to her, she turns and digests.

Francis Bacon, Novum Organum(1620)

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Caspar is just one monkey among billions. Battering his keyboard without expectations even of peanuts, let alone of aping the Immortal Bard. By day he is an infantologist at Birkbeck Babylab, by night he runs BabyLaughter.net
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