All experiments are fruitful if you don't have any preconceived notions about the results.
Though he disclaims being a follower of Herbart, his formal definition of philosophy and his conception of the object of metaphysics are similar to those of Herbart, who defines philosophy as an attempt to remodel the notions given by experience.
As has been said of another thinker, he was " one of those deeply religious men who, when crude theological notions are being revised and called in question seek to put new life into theology by wider and more humane ideas."
The Australians believed in spirits, generally of an evil nature, and had vague notions of an after-life.
The people have strict notions of etiquette and gradations of rank.