Re: Sensory and sensibility

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Date: Mon Jan 21 2002 - 01:27:31 GMT

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    >Wasn't platon already thinking about this? I can
    remember the
    >example of the horses being all different from each
    other but we
    >can all identify them as horses.

    >Yes, Plato did discuss this in The Republic when he
    was arguing about=20
    >representation of Ideal forms and their worldly

    Now that we come to mention it, here's some additional
    info. I quote from Darwin's Dangerous Idea page 36:
    `Thus Aristotle had taught [...], all things-not just
    living things-had two kinds of properties: essential
    properties, without which they wouldn't be the
    particular kind of thing they were, and accidental
    properties, which were free to vary within the kind.'

    `Aristotle had developed his theory of essences as an
    improvement on Plato's theory of Ideas, according to
    which every earthly thing is a sort of imperfect copy
    or reflection of an ideal exemplar of Form that existed
    timelessly in the Platonic realm of Ideas, reigned
    over by God.'

    What an active imaginition these guys had. But
    different times, different memes. By the way, these
    kind of memes are pathological according to Ted, as
    they obviously give an false interpretation of reality.
    Perhaps, in a thousand years or so, people will look
    at our worldview with equal amusement which then is
    also pathological in retrospect.


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