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    He experiments because his intellect comes up short. He cannot reach insights by reason, so he turns to more simplistic, hands-on methods. In physics this ignominious shortcoming has been mistaken for methodological innovation. But in the case of the cycloid its true colours are unmistakable. We see that it is a sign of failure rather than genius. Galileo’s empiricism is not science being born; it is science being dumbed down.

    Ahahaha what

    (I skimmed a few parts of the larger piece and the style makes me really suspicious. But I don’t know anything about the domain so can’t actually say it’s off. It just gives me bad vibes.)