Friday, August 19, 2005

Parable of Charles II's Dead Fish

"King Charles II once invited members of the Royal Society to explain to him why a dead fish weighs more than the same fish alive; a number of subtle explanations were offered to him. He then pointed out that it does not" (A. MacIntyre 1984, 92).

The moral of the story is: what may seem to stand in need of explanation, in reality might not.

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