Francis Bacon [Sir]

‘The Idols of the Tribe have their foundation in human nature and in the tribe or race of men. For it is a false assertion that the sense of man is the measure of things. On the contrary, all perceptions as well of the sense as of the mind are according to the measure of the individual and not according to the measure of the universe. And the human understanding is like a false mirror, which, receiving rays irregularly, distorts and discolours the nature of things by mingling its own nature with it.’ (The Essays, ed. John Pitcher, 1985, p.277.)

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