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Rules of The Academy (Version 1.2)

In essence, this is the place for Discussion and Debate.

Suitable Topics
In general, anything which has multiple viewpoints is suitable. So, the range of possible topics is quite diverse, from Is Mathematics A Language? to This Thread Does Not Exist!.
Threads here do NOT necessarily have to be serious! So long as you can discuss/debate a topic based on evidence (factual or facetious as the case may be), it's allowed.

The Nature of Discussion ...
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Truth and Music

If someone says: I know this music - under what circumstances could it be considered true?<br /><br />* What if they just recognised a piece - had heard it before, were hearing it again, and recognised it was the same piece?<br /><br />* What if they could only recognise the piece when rendered with the same voice/instruments?<br /><br />* What if they could recognise a song but not sing it back to you?<br /><br />* ...
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Plato's Republic

Here is the question I would wish to discuss with Plato if it were possible to return in time to the 5th c. and visit the Academy when it was flourishing and meet him in person, perhaps taking a few lessons in the art of words from him. It concerns the Republic: Why, when Plato is opposed to the influence of poetry, does almost every sentence in the opening paragraph of his great work end ...
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Euclid's Elements?

It is related, in the 15th century commentary of the arab mathematician Qaadiizaade ar-Ruumii on a work called the Ashkaal at-ta' siis (fundamental propositions) by the geometer Ashraf Shamsaddiin as-Samarqandii (c. 1276) that over the porch of Plato's Academy at Athens was the following inscription:<br /><br /> Let no one unversed in geometry enter my doors.<br /><br /> From another source we are told that this was the inscription above Plato's Academy<br /> _________________________________<br /> ...
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