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An open mind is generally recommended for the scientist. But an open mind is not the same as an empty mind: what will be brought out from facts by the mind that is confronted by them depends to a great extent upon what that mind already contained by way of experience, convention, education. The following chapters trace a number of influential ideas and methods that have been part of the mental furniture of scientists over the centuries.
KeywordsOpen Mind Natural Theology Phlogiston Theory Repetition Ofthe Direct Sensory Experience
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