so...if this is going to work chronologically then i suppose Thales is the next candidate up for evaluation. Thales(apx. 517-591) harbored an interesting though, that the basic constituent of all things is water. do you think there is any logic there? given, most view the very idea as ridiculous, but the man had to use some rationalization. it is thought that perhaps this theory originated while he was in egypt. he watched as the Nile flooded the land, and observed the crops that thus flourished. any thoughts?