"One of the overlooked advantages that Open Source
development affords, is that it imitates perhaps the most fruitful
and beneficial of all human endeavours: Science. How has the
scientific-method evolved, and what can it teach us about the
future possibilities of software construction?
"Science, in its clearly understood modern guise, is unique.
This essentially Western tradition of open inquiry is believed to
have developed only one instantiation throughout the whole period
of human history. While almost all human societies have developed
language, art, and music, open inquiry into the natural and
philosophical world sprung only from the eastern rim of the
Mediterranean sea, in a number of ancient Greek states,
approximately 27 centuries ago."