“Roddy McDowall Meets Thales [c. 585 B.C.]” (Dick Whyte and Robyn E. Kenealy, 2006)

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Written by Dick Whyte, illustrated by Robyn Kenealy (author of the wonderful comic biography Roddy’s Film Companion). Part of a series of comics in which Roddy McDowall meets various philosophers. First published in Wellington comics anthology Bristle #9 (edited by Brent Willis).

“Most of the first philosophers thought that principles in the form of matter were the only principles of all things. For they say that the element and first principle of the things that exist is that from which they all are and from which they first come into being… But as to the number and form of this sort of principle, they do not all agree. Thales, the founder of this kind of philosophy, says that it is water… He perhaps came to acquire this belief from seeing that the nourishment of everything is moist and that heat itself comes from this.” (Aristotle, Metaphysics)

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