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Category Archives: Plato’s Cave
First Alcibiades
Papyrus fragment of Alcibiades I, section 131.ce. The First Alcibiades or Alcibiades I (Ancient Greek: Ἀλκιβιάδης αʹ) is a dialogue featuring Alcibiades in conversation with Socrates. It is ascribed to Plato, although scholars are divided on the question of its … Continue reading
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The Ganzfeld effect
The Ganzfeld effect (from German for “complete field”) is a phenomenon of visual perception caused by staring at an undifferentiated and uniform field of color. The effect is described as the loss of vision as the brain cuts off the … Continue reading
Posted in Book of the Dead, Deep Play, Mind Maps, Plato's Cave
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Model Building in Life
“…underwriting the form languages of ever more domains of mathematics is a set of deep patterns which not only offer access to a kind of ideality that Plato claimed to see the universe as created with in the Timaeus; more … Continue reading
Plato’s Cave(Animated Version)
*** Hyperreality is used in semiotics and postmodern philosophy to describe a hypothetical inability of consciousness to distinguish reality from fantasy, especially in technologically advanced postmodern cultures. Hyperreality is a means to characterize the way consciousness defines what is actually … Continue reading
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Know Thyself (γνώθι σεαυτόν )
A stained glass window with the contracted version γνωθι σαυτόν. The saying “Know thyself” may refer by extension to the ideal of understanding human behavior, morals, and thought, because ultimately to understand oneself is to understand other humans as well. … Continue reading
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A Holograpical Universe
Plato likened our view of the world to that of an ancient forebear watching shadows meander across a dimly lit cave wall. He imagined our perceptions to be but a faint inkling of a far richer reality that flickers beyond … Continue reading
Posted in AdS/CFT, Jacob Bekenstein, Plato's Cave, Stephen Hawking, Tomato Soup
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Plato’s Problem
Plato’s problem is the term given by Noam Chomsky to the gap between knowledge and experience. It presents the question of how we account for our knowledge when environmental conditions seem to be an insufficient source of information. It is … Continue reading
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Lessons in Life
For me there has to be a beginning for any object of presentation, so that the understanding fully incorporates how one is looking at say “our skies historically” can be the seed of what matures tomorrow. While that process and … Continue reading
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Oligarchy A Historical Look from Plato’s Dialogues
Backreaction: A little less conversation, a little more science please An Oligarchy (Greek Ὀλιγαρχία, Oligarkhía) is a form of government in which power effectively rests with a small elite segment of society distinguished by royal, wealth, intellectual, family, military or … Continue reading
Posted in Daemon, Economic Manhattan Project, Plato, Plato's Cave, Socrates
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The Rhetorician
This raises all sorts of questions, the most basic of which are: “What counts as `looking’ vs. `not looking’?” and “Do we really need a separate law of physics to describe the evolution of systems that are being looked at?” … Continue reading
Posted in PHAEDRUS, Plato's Cave, rhetoric, Robert Pirsig, Socrates
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