Plato and Aristotle
School of Athens
Stanza della Signatura
Vatican Palace, Rome
| On the left, Plato, who believed
that philosophers could know the absolute truth, points upward to the world
of forms. Aristotle, on the right, wasn't so sure of that. He points outward,
representing a "middle way"--man should avoid extremes. This difference
between the two is fundamental to an understanding of most of the disagreements
between human beings.
|"The best hypothesis, [Ptolemy] said, was the simplest that would comprehend
--Daniel Boorstin, The Discoverers, 98-99.
In other words, "KISS!"
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