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You can analyze everything into its smallest pieces, and understand them so intimately as to explain everything about the motions and activities of the thing they make, but if you want this swarm to be a cat or a tree you need substantial forms – souls – and all that comes with them (similar considerations apply to the analysis of a being though time, say, in its descent from a common ancestor). It takes some elaborate principles which are offensive to imagination and  incapable of quantification and manipulation to preserve the being of the beings around us. One does not need to keep forms or souls in  mind – you can do a great deal without knowing anything about them – but to deny them altogether either explicitly or by implication will immediately dissolve the very thing we are supposed to explain.

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