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Plato is such an influential thinker: our version of Christianity and some of the most popular movie franchises can be traced back to him.

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Plato and the Cave: Ep. 5 of Awakening from the Meaning Crisis

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Plato and the beginning of psychology

Unlike the natural philosophers preced him Plato describes the world cognitively. He proposes  Plato's ideas are still the bedrock of psychology today. 

When we think psychology our mind usually gravitates to people like Freud or Yung, but all modern ideas can be traced back to Plato. He wa...

The platonic division: the intelligible vs the visible

We have all sorts of divisions we operate with:

  • short term interests (governed by pain& pleasure) vs our long term desires
  • subconscious vs the conscious mind,
  • reptilian vs the mammal brain
  • etc...

All of these started with Plato. He looked into d...

The Myth Of The Cave

Is Plato's most famous parable -  about getting more connected with reality: Imagine people are chained sitting in a cave looking at a wall on which they see nothing but the shadows of real things behind their backs. One of the people breaks free and experience true reality. But he can not ex...

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A very long series of lectures about meaning from a Canadian cognitive academic. I plan to watch them all and will share my insights as I go.

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