Quotation by Bas Van Fraassen

The success of current scientific theories is no miracle. It is not even surprising to the scientific (Darwinist) mind. For any scientific theory is born into a life of fierce competition, a jungle red in tooth and claw. Only the successful theories survive—the ones which in fact latched on to the actual regularities in nature.
Bas Van Fraassen (b. 1941), U.S. philosopher of science. The Scientific Image, p. 40 (1980).

On the natural selection of scientific theories.
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