A scientist and a logician had met Nasrudin and wrangled with him as they walked along a road. Nasrudin was hard-pressed. The scientist said: ‘I cannot accept anything as existing unless I carry out a test, or unless I see it with my own eyes.’ The logician said: ‘I cannot attempt anything unless I have worked it out in theory beforehand.’
Suddenly Nasrudin knelt down and started to pour something into a lake beside the road.
‘What are you doing?’ they asked together.
‘You know how yogurt multiplies when you put it into milk? Well, I am adding a little yogurt to this water.’
‘But you can’t make yogurt that way!’
‘I know, I know … but – just supposing it takes!’
The Pleasantries of the Incredible Mulla Nasrudin Idries Shah, Octagon Press