Thales made the bold assertion that the cosmos was something the human mind could understand

(Thales is said to be) the first philosopher and the first scientist. To earn that honor, he offered new perspectives about how to try to understand the natural world. First, Thales did not resort to animism; that is, he did not say that it rains because the rain god is angry or that the seas are deep because the deities so ordained it. Second, he made the bold assertion that the cosmos was something the human mind could understand. His most spectacular achievement, and one that proved his point, was predicting an eclipse for 585 B.C. – it actually occurred. Thales set the intellectual world on the path of thinking about how things worked, a path that it is still on today.

Richard P. Brennan, Heisenberg Probably Slept Here, 1997, p.2

So science requires belief in a rational, uniform, ordered cosmos that the human mind can grasp.

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