Plato’s Cave

“Plato imagines a group of people who have lived chained in a cave all of their lives, facing a blank wall. The people watch shadows projected on the wall by things passing in front of a fire behind them, and begin to ascribe forms to these shadows. According to Plato, the shadows are as close as the prisoners get to seeing reality. He then explains how the philosopher is like a prisoner who is freed from the cave and comes to understand that the shadows on the wall are not constitutive of reality at all, as he can perceive the true form of reality rather than the mere shadows seen by the prisoners.” – Wikipedia

Impressive dude, specially when you consider that his p-truth was that the elements were earth, wind, fire and water. How many p-truths have there been since then? 118 as of last count, and I’m sure there will be more. The present periodic table is not TRUTH, it is only the most recent p-truth. (best answer to date) Throughout history every TRUTH has proven to be an n-truth, and always will be I suspect.

As to the cave; in reality that is all we can see, the shadows on the wall. Like radio waves, there is something there but we can’t see it. Yet the radio works. Like vectors (vibrations) in the 4th dimension. There is SOMETHING there but we can’t see it. Yet the universe exists.

The Scientific Method precludes us ever finding out.

I’m not putting down reductionist thinking. I’m putting down the “Scientific Method”, (using reductionist thinking to seek truth) reductionist thinking is not appropriate for creativity. You’ve got to go outside the box to find new “truths”. I use reductionist thinking almost exclusively. DNA control, for instance. Then here come epigenitics, OK, reset my algorithm and move on. Only if i am interested in something do I switch. Like trying to figure out why other people are dumb. Or what can be done to help my grandson (genetic problem) I am not interested what conventional truth is in these cases. Conventional wisdom says nothing can be done. I must go outside the box. And anytime I go outside the box I find BS triumphant. Most scientists are idiots. I have pointed out to you the only ones I have found that were not. And I’ve been looking for 6 months. Disappointing. Basically I think that people operate at three levels; scientist, engineer, technician. At the scientist level you have people like da Vinci, Einstein, Heisenburg, Hawkings, Plato, etc. At the engineer level are the people capable of understanding the scientist who can translate his concepts into action. At the techinician level are the people who can understand the problems involved and impliment effective action. These three groups comprise, at most, 10% of the population, the rest being idiots and assholes. BUT THIS IS A CHOICE. Anyone can operate at whichever level they wish. An asshole chooses his own material goal over his emotional well being, The idiot doesn’t care.

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