Wednesday, 8 May 2019

The vanity of Socrates

The Greek philosopher Socrates is attributed as saying "The only thing I know is that I know nothing". As a kid I would be screaming inside my head - no Socrates - you do not even know that . . . not even that. To be fair, it is only after his time that Aristotle started dabbling in empiricism and we actually got to the stage where we could build up a body of what we know to be false.

So things have actually improved since Socrates and it is false humility to pretend or assume ignorance of all around you (which was Plato’s aim in attributing that quote to Socrates). But don’t think that any of this will stop me challenging your views or models (or learning from you - but building your experience and life knowledge it into a bigger picture).

That's how we make progress on a day to day basis and build a better understanding and structure of knowledge - and from that a better world.


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