Philosophy of Science 21 (4):297-315 (1954)

4. The Mind's Lawmaking: Critical Idealism. Pleased with something dramatic in the phrase, we often characterize experiment as “a question put to Nature.” But if there be anything flattering to our state in Nature's submission to our questioning, there can be nothing grateful to our heart in her manner of answering. “Are we all to die?” Nature answers, “Yes.” “Will the sun that warmed our fathers last out our children?” Nature answers, “No.” Thus Nature giveth and Nature taketh away; her complaisance ends with letting us know her way with us.
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