Permanence and Change: An Anatomy of Purpose

Permanence and Change: An Anatomy of Purpose

Permanence and Change: An Anatomy of Purpose

Permanence and Change: An Anatomy of Purpose

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All Living Things Are Critics

We may begin by noting the fact that all living organisms interpret many of the signs about them. A trout, having snatched at a hook but having had the good luck to escape with a rip in his jaw, may even show by his wiliness thereafter that he can revise his critical appraisals. His experience has led him to form a new judgment, which we should verbalize as a nicer discrimination between food and bait. A different kind of bait may outwit him, if it lacks the appearances by which he happens to dis . . .

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