Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I See What You Did There

“I am a great believer of saying familiar, well-known things backwards and inside out, hoping that from some new vantage point the old facts will take on a deeper significance. It is like holding an abstract painting upside down; I do not mean to say that the meaning of the picture will suddenly become clear, but some of the structure of the composition that was hidden may show itself.”

Bonner, J.T. (1958). The Evolution of Development
Found on pages 6-7 of The Extended Phenotype: The Long Reach of the Gene. Richard Dawkins, 1982
1999 edition w afterword by Daniel Dennett

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