Plato's Confesses His 10 Biggest Errors
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Here they are in reverse order:
10. There is such a thing as a human soul that can preserve our existence post-death in disembodied form.
9. Absolute power is beneficent when restricted to philosophers, who of course won’t abuse it, and so require no oversight.
8.Theory of Forms, the quintessential essentialism.
7. Rulers should be allowed to tell whoppers, so long as their hearts are just & their lies are noble.
6. Art that stirs up the wrong emotions must be banned.
5. Beautiful mathematics leads us straight to the truth. See http://bit.ly/1qOCSV6
4. Average schmoes with no talent for thinking should be told what to think, which won’t undermine their humanity nor that of the rulers.
3. Since structure of reality is mathematical, observation is largely irrelevant.
2. Rule of the people (democracy) is doomed to degenerate into tyranny, as people succumb to promises of a strongman.
1. The unexamined life is not worth living.
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Orangutans join humans and bees in a very exclusive club
- Orangutan mothers wait to sound a danger alarm to avoid tipping off predators to their location
- It took a couple of researchers crawling around the Sumatran jungle to discover the phenomenon
- This ability may come from a common ancestor
Giving our solar system a "slap in the face."
- A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
- It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
- Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
Journaling can help you materialize your ambitions.
- Organizing your thoughts can help you plan and achieve goals that might otherwise seen unobtainable.
- The Bullet Journal method, in particular, can reduce clutter in your life by helping you visualize your future.
- One way to view your journal might be less of a narrative and more of a timeline of decisions.
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