We tend to think of modern scientists in the reductionist tradition to have thought more deeply about the world than ancient thinkers. Thomas Kuhn, at his most extreme, was convinced that ancient theories were no more or less true than modern theories, just different. Sometimes, when I'm standing under a big tree, with birds chattering, and the moon just as aloof now as it was 1,000,000 years ago, I can convince myself of the same thing. But then I remember it's time to flip over the pork chops on the grill.
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