I initially thought this article was a parody of the kind of nonsense some first-year student might pen if they knew little of science and had browsed a paperback primer on Greek philosophy while quaffing beer in the JCR bar. Unfortunately, by the time I reached the end it was apparent that naivete rather than the desire to provoke a wry smile was the real motive force.

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