The truth is, the Science of Nature has been already too long made only a work of the Brain and the Fancy: It is now high time that it should return to the plainness and soundness of Observation on material and obvious things. It is said of great Empires, That the best way to preserve them from decay, is to bring them back to the first Principles, the Arts on which they did begin. The same is undoubtedly true in Philosophy, that by wandring far away into invisible Notions, it has almost quite destroy’d itself, and it can never be recovered, or continued, but by returning to the same sensible paths, in which it did at first proceed.
Robert Hooke in Micrographia, 1665
No sé vosotros, pero cuando yo he leído esta cita
, sin saber de quién era, pensaba que se aplicaba a los Tiempos Modernos. Que fuese escrita hace 350 años y siga vigente seguro que apunta en la dirección de una verdad universal sobre la naturaleza humana.