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From the September 1920 issue of The Christian Science Journal

The tendency of the human mind has ever been to imagine that it has achieved something if it can only thrust back its explanations a stage. Thus, the ancient, who to the generally accepted theory that the world was supported on the back of an elephant added the confident assertion that the elephant stood on the back of a tortoise, imagined, no doubt, that he had contributed very considerably to the explanation of things.