Yet another brachiopod! Photo by Mike Labarbara and Rich Palmer.
What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning.
Werner Heisenberg, Physics and Philosophy: The Revolution in Modern Science (1958) Lectures delivered at University of St. Andrews, Scotland, Winter 1955-56
Scientists view insect wings against black background, discover previously unrecognized stable iridescent patterns that are likely used in signaling
Shetsova et al. 2011. “Stable structural color patterns displayed on transparent insect wings.” PNAS vol. 108 no. 2 668-673. 2011, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1017393108
Dr. Walter Tschinkel standing next to a cast of a Florida harvester ant nest
Tschinkel WR. 2004. The nest architecture of the Florida harvester ant, Pogonomyrmex badius. 20pp. Journal of Insect Science, 4:21, Available online: insectscience.org/4.21
An informative blog post: http://illustrationrevealed.wordpress.com/tag/walter-tschinkel/
And Dr. Tschinkel’s faculty site:
Science is a way of trying not to fool yourself. The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.
We have a method, and that method helps us to reach not absolute truth, only asymptotic approaches to the truth — never there, just closer and closer, always finding vast new oceans of undiscovered possibilities.
Carl Sagan. 1995. “Wonder and Skepticism.” Skeptical Inquirer 19 (1).