The World Soul (Classic Reprint)

H. Fielding

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The World Soul (Classic Reprint) - H. Fielding

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All knowledge is built up from below. It is made up of facts, and facts only. It cannot be pulled down from above. You cannot formulate an hypothesis, say of God, with attributes and qualities, frame a theory on that, and fit facts to your theory. You only destroy your facts.

But you cannot confine yourself to facts alone. By doing that you only accumulate a formless mass which is of little use. You must arrange your facts, and to do this when you have a large quantity of facts all verified and correct you must frame a theory based on an hypothesis to connect them. If it does so, then even if the hypothesis be unverifiable in itself and inconceivable as all hypotheses must be, it is of great value. It is, in fact, a necessity and a truth. But it is true only in so far as it does explain and co-ordinate phenomena, and no further. Should new phenomena appear, which the theory will not connect, then you must modify it till it docs, or abandon it if it will not. You must never hold to a theory or an hypothesis that is denied by facts.

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