Philosopher A.A. Luce and Trout in the “Wider Sphere”

“Every angler of experience meets strange happenings, such as the rise and take, described in the previous chapter.  Such happenings are of a piece with happenings in a much wider sphere; and they remain unexplained and inexplicable unless we assume that there are more things in heaven and earth than materialism can explain or even recognize.  The psychological factor requires the thoughtful angler to assume a spiritual basis for life and existence.  If trout and other living things are regarded as machines that react mechanically to external stimuli, their behavior in general, and in particular their exceptional mass movements and impulses, are inexplicable.”

A. A. Luce, Fishing and Thinking (Hodder and Stoughton Ltd., 1959), 30.

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