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A third objection resides in the fact that it is impossible to establish similarity between the known thoughts and the unknown things, or between the known facts and the unknown events. Sure, events exist outside our mind and our systems, for knowledge can be revised because of external 'resistance'. As far as events are still unknown and still uncovered by concepts, they cannot be compared with what is already known. There is a parable of two blind men who came to know separately the trunk and the toe of an elephant — and each of them claimed to know what an elephant is [106].

A second objection concerns the nature of the copying process itself: how might copying be done? The senses seem to be a good candidate for a copying device, for the eyes could function as a camera and the ears as a microphone [103]. But the first impressions of the senses can be very unreliable, as we know from many deceptive impressions. g. as a camera). These theories might be hidden, but they become explicit as soon as we use auxiliary means like lenses 'obeying' laws of diffraction, etc. [104].

His being an organicist made him search for special biological conditions of organized systems to which the other laws are submitted. He discovered very important biological phenomena because of this attitude (the idea of homeostasis, the discovery of the vasomotor system, the action of many chemicals, the functions of the pancreas in digestion, and the glycogenic function of the liver). But these convictions prevented him also from becoming aware of the importance of enzymes in biological processes.

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