PRINT Summer 1988



THE GREEK WORD “MORPHOGENESIS,” which means “birth of form,” would have had a curious sound to classical ears. The understanding of the time would have questioned how forms could be born—weren’t they timeless? By looking at the world, the ancient Greek could see that this was so. Take cows, for example: each cow is born and dies, but the form of the cow is always the same, and it somehow passes from animal to animal with only marginal distortion. The form “cow” is a timeless container through which each individual cow flows; anyone interested in cows should consider the form, and not the shapeless content that moves through it.

This concentration on forms the ancient Greeks called “theory,” and it was the foundation of their philosophy and science. According to theory, the timeless forms were stored somewhere, ordered according to a logical system. Try reimagining heaven as a set of cupboards.

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