Deceits of the Senses

We have also houses of deceits of the senses; where we represent all manner of feats of juggling, false apparitions, impostures, and illusions; and their fallacies. And surely you will easily believe, that we, that have so many things truly natural, which induce admiration, could in a world of particulars decieve the senses, if we woule disguise those things, and labor to make them seem more miraculous. But we do hate all impostures, and lies; insomuch as we have severely forbidden it to all our fellows, under pain of ignominy and fines, that they do not show any natural work or thing, adorned or swelling; but only pure as it is, and without all affectation of strangeness.

Sir Francis Bacon: The New Atlantis, 1626

September 12, 2014