Ancient Greeks: Socrates on the Transmission of Knowledge
No one can teach,
if by teaching we mean the transmission of knowledge,
in any mechanical fashion, from one person to another.
The most that can be done is that one person
who is more knowledgeable than another can,
by asking a series of questions,
stimulate the other to think,
and so cause him to learn for himself.
“Socrates, (born c. 470 bce—died c. 399 bce), Greek philosopher whose way of life, character, and thought exerted a profound influence on ancient and modern philosophy… The impact of his life was all the greater because of the way in which it ended: at age 70, he was brought to trial on a charge of impiety and sentenced to death by poisoning (the poison probably being hemlock) by a jury of his fellow citizens. Plato’s Apology of Socrates purports to be the speech Socrates gave at his trial in response to the accusations made against him (Greek apologia means “defense”). Its powerful advocacy of the examined life and its condemnation of Athenian democracy have made it one of the central documents of Western thought and culture.” ~ Encyclopaedia Britannica
Human nature has not changed over the millennia. The question is, do we learn from history?
Rather than trying to convince, it is better to ask questions. And a whole lot easier, really. The only prerequisite is to listen. (I preach to myself.)
That’s one of my thoughts. Care to share what you are thinking?
Ancient Greek Wisdom