2010 September 30
originally shared via google talk

Best explanation of the Socratic dialogs: “By pretending ignorance, Socrates lured others into propounding their views on such abstractions. (This is called ‘Socratic irony,’ for Socrates knew very well that he knew a great deal more than the poor souls he was picking on.) Socrates then, by a series of ignorant-sounding questions, forced the others into such a mélange of self-contradictions that they would finally break down and admit they didn’t know what they were talking about.” From an article ( http://hermiene.net/essays-trans/relativity_of_wrong.html ) by Isaac Asimov, which I think adds helpful insight to the theory of paradigm shifts advocated by Thomas Kuhn.

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