A Way Station for Snark Hunters
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Unlike most of science, this topic extends beyond the test of a well-framed hypothesis; here we try to test an entire view of the world, incomplete and vulnerable in a thousand ways. That has a proud name in the history of thought as well; it is called exploration. We are joined in the early ingenuous stages of a daring exploration, become real only during recent years.
It is a voyage whose end we do not know, like that of science itself.
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snark n. Chimerical animal of ill-defined characteristics and potentialities.
[from The Hunting of the Snark by Lewis Carroll (1876)]
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English
"The rest of my speech" (he explained to his men)
The quest will perhaps require more courage than you or I can bear, and there is a possibility that we will be drawn, like Ahab, into the starry deep, lashed to the object of our search with the lines of the chase.
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