The men of experiment are like the ant, they only collect and use; the reasoners resemble spiders, who make cobwebs out of their own substance. But the bee takes the middle course: it gathers its material from the flowers of the garden and field, but transforms and digests it by a power of its own. Not unlike this is the true business of philosophy (science); for it neither relies solely or chiefly on the powers of the mind, nor does it take the matter which it gathers from natural history and mechanical experiments and lay up in the memory whole, as it finds it, but lays it up in the understanding altered and digested. Therefore, from a closer and purer league between these two faculties, the experimental and the rational (such as has never been made), much may be hoped.
But the bee takes the middle course: it gathers its material from the flowers of the garden and field, but transforms and digests it by a power of its own.
Originally posted by Dirk Schreckmann:
Do I understand correctly that you began writing ATs only after a long period of development?
If so, would writing ATs earlier and more frequently perhaps have helped to reveal a better design?
Originally posted by Jeroen Wenting:
The term "simple design" is in itself non-descriptive.
In your case the design was TOO simple.