Prologue

The following event may have occurred in a classroom long ago.
The professor inserts a toothpick into a turtle’s heart and projects the shadow onto a screen with a light. The heartbeat of the turtle is obvious to his students.
“Now we will inject the drug and the heartbeat will change, as evidenced by the shadow of the toothpick,” the professor says.
Unfortunately, the turtle dies mid-experiment. The professor puts his thumb on the turtle at the base of the toothpick and manually creates the expected effect.
“But wasn’t that a lie?” his assistant asks after class.
“I supported the greater truth.”
Perhaps, William James

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