Why Platos Dichotomy?

on June 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

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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