Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Light reading on Parmenides of Elea

When checking out light and heavy and Parmenides, I came across the following English translation of his words and had reactions thereof.


OMG ... this is anti-psychotic!

"…for this may never be made manageable, that things that are not are./ But you from this way of inquiry restrain your understanding,/ and do not let habit born of much experience force you along this way,/ to employ aimless sight and echoing hearing/ and tongue. But judge by reason the strife-filled critique/ I have delivered”


OK ... for a man with a hammer everything looks like a nail--this is psychotic.

“whole and uniform”: “Nor is it divided, since it is all alike;/ and it is not any more there, which would keep it from holding together,/ nor any worse, but it is all replete with What Is./ Therefore it is all continuous: for What Is draws to What Is.”


Some encouraging remarks about the not-so-beaten-es-muss-sein path I have traversed and I am round like a meatball.... lol

Welcome, youth, who come attended by immortal charioteers and mares which bear you on your journey to our dwelling. For it is no evil fate that has set you to travel on this road, far from the beaten paths of men, but right and justice. It is meet that you learn all things — both the unshakable heart of well-rounded truth and the opinions of mortals in which there is not true belief.

Oh... Mr. Parmesan Cheese (Easier to remember) is grand-father-in even though not quite enough is left about what he actually said.

Parmenides' considerable influence on the thinking of Plato is undeniable, and in this respect Parmenides has influenced the whole history ofWestern philosophy, and is often seen as its grandfather.


What is so commonplace today was once-upon-a-time prior ignorance. Wow!

A shadow of Parmenides' ideas can be seen in the physical concept of Block time, which considers existence to consist of past, present, and future, and the flow of time to be illusory. In his critique of this idea, Karl Popper called Einstein "Parmenides".[25] However, Popper did write:

So what was really new in Parmenides was his axiomatic-deductive method, which Leucippus and Democritus turned into a hypothetical-deductive method, and thus made part of scientific methodology.[26]

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