Inadequate World Hypotheses

> * Animism is a world theory chiefly inadequate for the indeterminateness of its interpretations and lack of precision; > * mysticism, chiefly for its lack of scope and its lavish use of "unreality." > These two types of inadequacy are plainly visible in these two theories, which will thereby act as models of badness against which to compare the relative goodness of more adequate world hypotheses. > If we cannot judge the relative inadequacy of world theories by the comparison with the model adequacy of a perfect theory, we can at least judge relative adequacy by comparison with the model inadequacies of two very inadequate theories. > * The greater the distance of world hypotheses from the inadequacies of animism and mysticism, the greater their adequacy. [pp. 119-120, editorial paragraphing added]