• A Dialogue From 400 BC of Plato Describing Quantum Physics – The “Ether”

    Article by Arjun Walia

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    And upon the Earth are animals and men, some in a middle region, others (elementals) dwelling about the air as we dwell about the sea; others in islands which the air flows round, near the continent; and in a word, the air is used by them as the water and the sea are by us, and the ether is to them what the air is to us. Moreover, the temperament of their seasons is such that they have no disease (Paracelsus disputes this), and live much longer than we do, and have sight and hearing and smell, and all the other senses, in far greater perfection, in the same degree that air is purer than water or the ether than air. Also they have temples and sacred places in which the gods really dwell, and they hear their voices and receive their answers, and are conscious of them and hold converse with them, and they see the sun, moon, and stars as they really are. (source)

    The above quote comes from Plato’s Phaedo, and it’s fascinating for multiple reasons, as are the works of other philosophers who seemed to have knowledge about the true nature of reality thousands of years before we started to discover similar things. How would they have known? There are so many intriguing mysteries of the past that are real head scratchers, like the fact that multiple Mesopotamian societies had knowledge of our solar system, the planets, their orbits, eclipses and much more, well before we ever did.

    It’s just as mysterious as “ether” being used in the passage quoted above.

    There are also fascinating descriptions about the nature of reality found throughout the ages, and it seems that quantum mechanics was described long ago, and ‘known’ of long before we ever stumbled across the field and named it ourselves.

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