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Why Platos Dichotomy?

on June 21, 2014 in Uncategorized Comments Off

Plato utilized both reason and spirituality or a separate soul in his thinking and it would fall under dualism nowadays. He often referred to the gods, myths and of course observations of self by an inner observer. This was so obvious with the shadows in the cave. The word dichotomy actually means a divided opinion or contradictory opinion.

This is not why I use this title.

Plato was famous, if for nothing else, his ability to construct conversations in a way as to extract knowledge form the readers themselves. While reading his many works I often found myself asking some similar questions as did His dear Socrates.

Whether Plato was right or wrong in his thinking he had the perfect talent for making knowledge obvious to the reader. He readily insisted that knowledge was an innate instinct; that by asking the right questions your mind already knew the answers. As it turns out, there are actually two forms of knowledge. One form is innate. Certain types of knowledge are contained within the genome and passed from generation to generation.

It is either neglected or purposely ignored by many, that, the ability to learn is actually innate within the genome. As far as platos’ thinking is concerned, he was right that we actually have two sources of awareness. There is an inward source of awareness: innate knowledge. There is an outward source of awareness: observation of an observer. The brain being the observer and capable of learning new information. Note: not limited to a brain.

The word dichotomy also means a contrast between two things which are different. Innate knowledge and accumulated knowledge are different in contrast, but both are true.

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It has been studied and well understood that among primates different sexual calls or cries of passion are used.

Stuart Semple analyzed copulation calls from seven different female baboons. Apparently, these copulation calls are very complex vocalizations. These mating calls contain information about the status of the male she is copulating with.  The acoustic sounds are more complex when copulating with higher ranking males. Supposedly to let lower ranking males know to stay away until the higher ranking male is gone. The sound produced is longer with the high ranking males.

The sound complexity also changes when she is closer to ovulation. Yet these calls are distinct to sexual reproduction and both the males and females know this little fact. The human female has a higher pitched voice when she is closer to ovulation. The human female does not have a call for copulation—that we men know of anyway.

If lengthening or shortening pitch or duration can change a copulation call in baboons, then why can’t the same apply to human speech? Not only can pitch change, but duration as well. If other primates can alter calls to indicate different copulation situations, then why can’t humans alter every call to communicate different situations?

We can! It’s called articulated speech.

So while we listen to the erotic calls of the wild we should be mindful not to get caught with our pants down.

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