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21 07, 2017

The Blind Men and the Elephant

By |2019-08-07T11:52:29-07:00July 21st, 2017|India, Religion|0 Comments

Mughal painting of the blind men and the elephant, from the 1600s AD (now in Walters Art Museum) A story that's a metaphor Once there was an elephant, a tame elephant. He had been captured when he was a baby and taught to stand still and not worry much about people. So he was [...]

12 07, 2017

Who is Plato? Allegory of the Cave

By |2019-09-17T11:01:01-07:00July 12th, 2017|Greeks|2 Comments

Who is Plato? Socrates probably taught Plato in this part of Athens, near the Athenian Agora (but the temple wasn't there yet) Plato's rich family The Greek philosopher Plato was born about 429 BC, close to the time when Pericles died. He died in 347 BC, just after the birth of Alexander the [...]