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another example of our work, this course we are developping

We are here looking to explore and traverse human mental evolution. Early times offer us little physical evidence due to a lack of formalization or conscious use of thought as a tool. There exists however bones and cave paintings estimated to be 10,000-20,000 years old that show the utilization of thought through both formal and quantitative reasoning. For instance cave paintings of animals surely are formal representations although we know that analysis of this aspect of painting did not appear till Plato. Likewise bones, and cave walls, with tally marks (straight lines, hand prints, and any enumeration of same objects) display quantitative reasoning. Although the analysis of this type of thinking was not part of a social conscious until the time of Athens. It is true it seems from cuneiform tablets and papyrus scrolls that pre-Greek societies possessed mathematical knowledge. However Aristotle conjectures that it was not until society had some leisure time for some class (i.e. priests in Egypt, Athenian citizens) that conscious analysis of these tools came about. It seems a bit absurd to think that humanity traveled thousands of years without inspecting the tools of the mind like those used to construct Babylon, and the pyramids in Egypt. However, we find in our own times many historical and current oversights, also crucial areas of the intellect still lacking analysis. As we move forward you will see that a conversation between persons that had to have happened is much different from a society tasking itself with funding and exploring mental life in the fashion of scientific investigation. Imagine the ingenuity that went into America’s Capital building, any gothic cathedral, or socially symbolic work of architecture. Not every citizen has the benefits of the technical knowledge of that construction though they have some claim to intercourse with its being and form. Our topic matter, theories, are not exactly buildings. Namely, a person can inhabit a theory without being in it. We inhabit theories when we use their language according to many scientific analytic thinkers and in doing so grasp their form and content. The salient difference, in being between theories and other items is that theories are less material. They are differently transferable and inhabited mentally. There is no doubt that many private in-depth but unrefined conversation have occurred and went undocumented. They were doubtlessly important as well as inhabited. They were not public and no society shared publicly in their spirit. We will examine this interplay of society and theory as it is the philosophic historical component of this course...

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