Quotation by William James

Prima facie, if you should liken the universe of absolute idealism to an aquarium, a crystal globe in which goldfish are swimming, you would have to compare the empiricist universe to something more like one of those dried human heads with which the Byaks of Borneo deck their lodges. The skull forms a solid nucleus; but innumerable feathers, leaves, strings, beads, and loose appendices of every description float and dangle from it, and, save that they terminate in it, seem to have nothing to do with one another.
William James (1842–1910), U.S. philosopher, psychologist. Originally published in Journal of Philosophy (1904). "A World of Pure Experience," Essays in Radical Empiricism, 1912.
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