Aristotle Against Plato

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Aristotle Against Plato

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Recorded February 18, 2024.

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Source material: https://www.pdfdrive.com/the-origin-of-consciousness-in-the-breakdown-of-the-bicameral-mind-e165260880.html
Ode to Julian Jaynes is from the Introduction, page 1.

Consciousness defined, page 55:
Subjective conscious mind is an analog of what is called the real world. It is built up with a vocabulary or lexical field whose
terms are all metaphors or analogs of behavior in the physical world. Its reality is of the same order as mathematics. It allows
us to shortcut behavioral processes and arrive at more adequate decisions. Like mathematics, it is an operator rather than a thing
or repository. And it is intimately bound up with volition and decision.

Consider the language we use to describe conscious processes. The most prominent group of words used to describe mental
events are visual. We 'see' solutions to problems, the best of which may be 'brilliant', and the person 'brighter' and 'clear-
headed' as opposed to 'dull', 'fuzzy-minded', or 'obscure' solutions. These words are all metaphors and the mind-space to which
they apply is a metaphor of actual space. In it we can 'approach' a problem, perhaps from some 'viewpoint', and 'grapple' with its
difficulties, or seize together or 'com-prehend' parts of a problem, and so on, using metaphors of behavior to invent things to do in
this metaphored mind-space.

The natural desire to follow, page 324:
... I shall introduce here the notion of The General Bicameral Paradigm. By this phrase, I mean an hypothesized structure behind a
large class of phenomena of diminished consciousness which I am interpreting as partial holdovers from our earlier mentality.
The paradigm has four aspects:

1 - the collective cognitive imperative, or belief system, a culturally agreed-on expectancy or prescription which defines the
particular form of a phenomenon and the roles to be acted out within that form;
2 - an induction or formally ritualized procedure whose function is the narrowing of consciousness by focusing attention on a
small range of preoccupations;
3 - the trance itself, a response to both the preceding, characterized by a lessening of consciousness or its loss, the diminishing
of the analog 'I,' or its loss, resulting in a role that is accepted, tolerated, or encouraged by the group; and
4 - the archaic authorization to which the trance is directed or related to, usually a god, but sometimes a person who is accepted
by the individual and his culture as an authority over the individual, and who by the collective cognitive imperative is pre-
scribed to be responsible for controlling the trance state.

Now, I do not mean these four aspects of the general bicameral paradigm to be considered as a temporal succession neces-
sarily, although the induction and trance usually do follow each other. But the cognitive imperative and the archaic authorization
pervade the whole thing...

1 from The Ethics, 1 from The Politics, 1 from First Philosophy.
Aristotle - The Politics taught by Leo Strauss:
Spring 1960 - Live classroom recordings in one take, 16 sessions.
This is the best study material of The Politics by Aristotle that I know. Strauss was a treasure, the material is priceless, and it is available for free: https://leostrausscenter.uchicago.edu/aristotle-politics-spring-1960/

Counterfeiting

"In the case of the vampire squid, as in that of the bull, there is a certain moment at which to seize it; it is the instant when the bull lowers his neck, the instant when the vampire squid thrusts its head forward in a sudden movement. He who misses that juncture is lost.
All that we have related lasted only a few minutes. But Gilliatt felt the suction of the two hundred and fifty cupping-glasses increasing.
The vampire squid is cunning. It first tries to stupefy its prey. It seizes, then waits as long as it can.
Gilliatt held his knife. The suction increased.
He gazed at the vampire squid, which stared at him.
All at once the creature detached its sixth tentacle from the rock, launched it at him, and attempted to seize his left arm.
At the same time, it thrust its head forward swiftly. A second more and its opening would have been applied to Gilliatt's breast. Gilliatt, wounded in the flank and with both arms pinioned, would have been dead.
But Gilliatt was on his guard. Being watched, he watched.
He avoided the tentacle, and at the moment when the creature was about to bite his breast, his armed fist descended on the monster.
Two convulsions in opposite directions ensued, that of the vampire squid and that of Gilliatt.
It was like the conflict of two flashes of lightning.
Gilliatt plunged the point of his knife into the flat, viscous mass, and with a twisting movement similar to the flourish of a whip, describing a circle around the two eyes, he tore out the head as one wrenches out a tooth.
It was finished.
The whole creature dropped.
It resembled a sheet detaching itself. The air-pump destroyed, the vacuum no longer existed.
The four hundred suckers simultaneously released their hold of the rock and the man."
- Toilers of the Sea by Victor Hugo

00:00 Introduction
03:10 The Politics, Book VII, Part 1
09:45 Elaborations
"Let us conclude then that the best life, both for individuals and states, is the life of excellence, when excellence has external
goods enough for the performance of good actions." 1323b39

Introduced to academic doctrines, sheep in wolves' clothing always say, my paraphrase, "I agree with Ludwig Von Mises that money is a medium of exchange." I know the claim. It comes from Human Action, Chapter XI, part 3 on The Problem of Economic Calculation, "Money is the universally used medium of exchange, nothing else." This quote has passed into the reputable opinion of what the definition is of money. Is the definition of money that it is a medium of exchange or is it not? And when you learn that it is not, then how can that make a difference?

Article 1, Section 8, Item 6 of the US Constitution does not say, "To provide for the Punishment of [printing money, money printing, helicopter money, etc.] the Securities and current Coin of the United States." Can cowards of corruption say the word counterfeiting? The greatest propellant that deceivers have is volume and repetition. Any force in motion can only be stopped or repelled by a greater opposing force. Can sheep in wolves' clothing cower no more and say the C word, repeatedly, louder, and connect it to 1.8.6 of the USC? Again, and again. Louder, and louder. Can you do it? Do you know the reason why to do it? Is there not something of a much greater stake than selling books and tuitions?

If money is a medium of exchange, then a medium of exchange is money. I am pointing a gun at you. I command you to give me your wallet. There is indeed going to be an exchange. What is the medium?

Alternatively, I own a restaurant and you are a guns dealer. After your meal, rather then leave cash on the table with the bill, you place my favorite handgun on the table. I smile cautiously and glance at the opened bottles of wine on your table. You place another gun, 2 extra clips, and 25 boxes of ammo near the first handgun. We laugh and part ways. What is the medium?

When the trader introduces an intermediary that is conjured out of thin air and you accept it, what is the medium? When you turn around and then use it to trade with someone else, what is the medium? Is the medium the object exchanged or is the object a representative of the medium? Have both traders on each side of the exchange performed a desirable activity and bring the result of that activity to the table to meet each other's demand?

How is the demand met? We agreed that the meal in exchange for the 1 handgun was a disproportional exchange and that it would take a lot more to equalize it. Do you see the definition of money? Money equalizes the exchange of disproportionate work. This is its definition, that it is introduced to equalize both sides of an exchange. What the actual object used as the intermediary is is irrelevant. The object is only a representative of the medium. The medium is a current that connects both sides of the exchange and that medium is the desirable action that each trader performs. That medium is measured by desire. Whomever is presenting a less desirable activity then represents more of that activity which is offered as the object to be accepted by the trader of the more desirable activity. Is counterfeiting a desirable activity?

There is no banking system on the planet. These are counterfeiting systems. The "helicopter money" is not money at all, but counterfeit. Counterfeit of what? What is 'counter' 'feit'? It is 'the opposite of' 'to do'. The counterfeiter misrepresents their side of the exchange by substituting deception / force for work (‘to do’). In other words, if the object presented does not equalize the exchange then it is not money.

OCS

Corrections - Solon is 7th to 6th centuries BC and Homer after the 1st Dark Ages.

Correction - at 05:49, word should be accessible instead of acceptable

Based on a presentation from Leo Strauss on The Assembly of Women by Aristophanes as the folly of democracy. Taught at the University of Chicago in 1957, this covers the transcript pages from 4 through 11 of the PDF by Strauss linked below.

00:00 Beginning
02:23 Plot Summary
08:25 Analysis
36:36 Ending
39:00 Elaborations

Source Material:

The Assembly of Women by Aristophanes -
https://ia801008.us.archive.org/9/items/AristophanesAssemblywomenhalliwellOxf/e1.pdf

Seminar in Political Philosophy: Plato’s Republic by Leo Strauss
https://wslamp70.s3.amazonaws.com/leostrauss/s3fs-public/pdf/transcript/Platos_Republic_1957.pdf

You're personal error in the estimation of things may be from your degree in economics. You've been introduced to all the academic doctrines and always say, my paraphrase, "I agree with Ludwig Von Mises that money is a medium of exchange." I know the claim. It comes from Human Action, Chapter XI, part 3 on The Problem of Economic Calculation, "Money is the universally used medium of exchange, nothing else." This quote has passed into the reputable opinion of what the definition is of money. I ask, is the definition of money that it is a medium of exchange or is it not?

If money is a medium of exchange, then a medium of exchange is money. I am pointing a gun at you. I command you to give me your wallet. There is indeed going to be an exchange. What is the medium?

Alternatively, I own a restaurant and you are a guns dealer. After your meal, rather then leave cash on the table with the bill, you place my favorite handgun on the table. I smile cautiously and glance at the opened bottles of wine on your table.  You also place an extra clip and 5 boxes of ammo near the handgun. We laugh and part ways. What is the medium?

When the trader introduces an intermediary that is conjured out of thin air and you accept it, what is the medium? When you turn around and then use it to trade with someone else, what is the medium? Is the medium the object exchanged or is the object a representative of the medium? Have both traders on each side of the exchange performed a desirable activity and bring the result of that activity to the table to meet each other's demand?

How is the demand met? We agreed that the meal in exchange for the 1 handgun was a disproportional exchange and that it would take a little more to equalize it. Do you see the definition of money? Money equalizes the exchange of disproportionate work. This is its definition, that it is introduced to equalize both sides of an exchange. What the actual object used as the intermediary is is irrelevant. The object is only a representative of the medium. The medium is a current that connects both sides of the exchange and that medium is the desirable action that each trader performs. Whomever is presenting a less desirable activity then represents more of that activity which is offered as the object to be accepted by the trader of the more desirable activity. Is counterfeiting a desirable activity?

There is no banking system on the planet. These are counterfeiting systems. The "helicopter money" is not money at all, but counterfeit. Counterfeit of what? What is 'counter' 'feit'? It is 'the opposite of' 'to do'. The counterfeiter misrepresents their side of the exchange by substituting force for work (‘to do’). In other words, if the object presented does not equalize the exchange then it is not money.

The best thing that anyone can do for the truth is to speak it.
00:00 Trail Talk
11:10 The Accidental of Money

"Inferiors revolt to be equal and equals revolt to be superior" applied to the beneficence of the counterfeiting system.

If stealing is a bad habit, then theft and robbery cannot be for the common good.

A surfeit of skunks.

00:00 Trail talk
14:40 Werner Jaeger
27:30 W.D. Ross
38:10 Protrepticus
44:20 Counterfeiters

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