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To Know A Fly || Four Levels of Interpretation || Flax Golden Tales Lesson 33

To Know A Fly || Four Levels of Interpretation || Flax Golden Tales Lesson 33

Level: B.A/ B.B.S || Lesson 33 To Know A Fly (Vincent Dethier 1951-1993)

Words Meaning

Fly = an insect

Sewer = drainage

Garbage = dirt

Cans = containers

Germs = insects

Righteousness = honesty

Vessel = ship

Archly = naughty

Expedition = journey

Commerce = start

Alter = change

Replete = full

Suffice = be enough

Sin = crime

Consequence = result

Flea = upia (in nepali)

Leap = jump

Amputate = cut off

Antennae = antenna

Chap = boy

Component = part

Succeeding = coming after

Inevitable = certain to happen

Window shade = curtains

Control = check

Absurd = meaningless

Extricate = free

Deter = discourage

Ivy = a type of plant

Eminent = famous

Pile up = collect

Shrewd = clever

Diminish = decrease

Ingenious = clever

Parlor = room

Paraffin = kerosene

Accumulate = collect

Avidly = eagerly

Messy = dirty

Acute = quick

Chagrined = ashamed, embarrassed

Flavor = taste

Odor = smell

Texture = structure

Adage = proverb

Demonstrate = how

Dissolve = vanish

Aye = color

Beet = name of a plant


This text was written by Vincent Dethier. According to the writer a properly conducted scientific experiment is a beautiful thing. It starts with the faith that the world is real and effect have causes and meaning can be obtained by reasoning.

The most common fallacies that occur in scientific experiments are lack of proper experimental control and confusing correlation with cause and effect. A good scientist asks meaningful questions while doing his experiments that involve humans but taking information from animals, scientist use various tricks and method. Once an experiment started on files and found that fly tastes food with its feet and lowers its proboscis to suck in food.

Various experiments carried out to show that the fly is far more sensitive than us. In fact a hungry fly is far more sensitive than us. So it was found that a fly is more versatile and gourmet than human beings. To experience this reality we should dip one end of lead pencil into was to stuck a fly to the pencil. The wings should be tied and fly should be brought over a saucer with sugared water and it touches the sugared water with its feet. It lowers its proboscis into sugared water to suck it. Flies accept that thing which tastes sweet and reject those that taste salty or bitter.

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TU || Flax Golden Tales || Four Levels of Interpretation Lesson 32

Four Levels of Interpretation

  1. Literal Comprehension

To do experiment in anything, we should pay great attention in objects or things. Otherwise, our conclusion does not get reality. As in example, a scientist thought that a person’s house fell down because of the earth quake but the earthquake survivor claimed that the house fell down because he pulled down the window shade and if he had not pulled down it, the house would not have fallen down. So, a scientist, to draw a conclusion form events, he should know the whole condition and from the part, he should not generalize the whole events. If a scientist wants to know whether a fly tastes by his leg or proboscis, he should do experiment properly.

Though the fly does not taste food with tongue as we human being do, but it has the greater power of tasting things than us. It is never fooled by artificial sweet. If its feet touch salty water and chilly water, it will not lower his feet. That’s why the fly’s feet are so sensitive and so powerful taster in comparison with his mouth. The writer’s friend had the great interest in studying fly’s stomach. He experiments it by touching his mouth with dye. Later on while studying its stomach, he got colorful stomach. This finding clearly tell us that fly tastes with feet but not by mouth. If it could taste the things by its mouth, it would not take dye and would not make its stomach colorful.

  1. Interpretation

This essay tells us that we should not draw conclusion observing minor or part things. To get conclusion, we should pay great attention in whole ideas and we should also understand the nature of objects. If we made hasty conclusion, our conclusion does not get reality. While drawing conclusion, scientists may make several mistakes. To avoid our wrong conclusion, it is essentially to have patience, keen observation and research on the object in while we are going to make experimentation. In the text, to know whether the fly tastes by mouth or leg, there has been done much experimentation and finally has finally has been reached in the conclusion that a fly tastes with its legs.

  1. Critical Thinking

It is based on scientific research and tells us to pay great attention in objects or things to draw a conclusion. Otherwise hasty observation and analysis cannot give reality. Personally I do not see many unacceptable ideas expressed by the essayist but in one level I doubt and want to ask questions. Will not a thirst delete fly touch water? Can he really make differences between sugar and salt food?

  1. Assimilation

Before reading this essay, I have thought that a fly tastes food with its tongue. Now my false ideas vanished and I also got the lesson that we cannot be mastery in everything. So from our hypothesis, we should not straightly draw the conclusion. To know realistically, we should make keen observation, experiments and analysis. Otherwise we can do mistake even in minor thing if we draw conclusion form part. For example, all the animals and human beings taste food with the help their tongue but it does not mean that insects also do the same. Naturally, they are different from us and animals. So they have the different organ to taste food. For example, a fly taste with its legs.

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