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Ancient Greeks: Thales on the Evolution of Good Ideas

Ancient Greeks: Thales on the Evolution of Good Ideas

Nothing is more active than thought, for it travels over the universe,
and nothing is stronger than necessity for all must submit to it.
~ Thales of Miletus

Thales of Miletus, (c. 620 bce—c. 546 bce), Thales’ hypotheses were new and bold, and in freeing phenomena from godly intervention, he paved the way towards scientific endeavor. He founded the Milesian school of natural philosophy, developed the scientific method, and initiated the first Western enlightenment.” ~ Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

READ MORE: Thales of Miletus | Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy


Human nature has not changed over the millennia. The question is, do we learn from history?

While great thinkers are ahead of the game (i.e., progressive), most people are conservative and resist new ideas — until their old practices have them backed into a corner with nowhere to turn.

That’s one of my thoughts. Care to share what you are thinking?


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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends--with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.

7 Comments

  1. memadtwo

    I do think we cling to the familiar. But I agree, opening our world’s makes us less afraid. (K)

    Reply
    • JoAnn Chateau

      Yes. I guess that’s natural, and why there also can be excitement in learning.

      Reply
      • memadtwo

        Exactly.

  2. Rosaliene Bacchus

    I have found that the more we learn about our world and the greater Universe, the more our thinking expands. Openness of mind can be terrifying, but it can also be liberating.

    Reply
    • JoAnn Chateau

      Well put, Rosaliene. It can be terrifying, particularly when important segments of society (family, church, school, job) urge us not to question or think too much – so they can more easily manage and protect us. However, the truth does set you free.

      Reply

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