What could Plato have done with digital access?
The story goes like this: Plato once said, “The Greek lawmaker, Solon (c. 630 – c. 560 BC, an Athenian statesman, lawmaker, and poet) once went to Egypt. Speaking with one of the Egyptian high priests who was asking about the history of the Greek people. Solon explained, “Created, flood, catastrophe then created again.” The high priest said “You Greeks just remember the last one, but there have been many before that.” He continued, “You’ve lost the records of these earlier histories. We have those records.”
Well, those records would be valuable information for your library! Ancient records are periodically uncovered in archeological exploration and experts try to piece together the meaning, message, facts, and story as we gain bits of knowledge. Until very recently, the passing of information and knowledge hadn’t changed all that much from ancient Greece or the famed library of Alexandria.
Thankfully, today, our access to information, facts, research, and knowledge is a far simpler proposition. The technology and the digital access to information it provides would have had Plato dancing on his coffee table (if he had one!).
Academia Arabia Library would have been a startup page on Plato’s browser. The first online research library of its kind offers readers unrivalled access to hundreds of thousands of publications from the Arab world. Academia Arabia is the most trusted source for academic information and electronic Arabic content for schools, universities, libraries, and institutions. It contains a vast collection of Arabic research, theses, books, journals, and reports available across connected devices. Plato would have loved it! He could have published his writings and speeches for everyone.
Ancient sources describe Plato as a bright, though modest, young boy who excelled in his studies. He went on to found one of the earliest known organized schools in Western Civilization called The Academy. There was probably not at that time a "school" in the sense of a clear distinction between teachers and students, or even a formal curriculum. In at least Plato's time, the school did not have any particular doctrine to teach; rather, Plato (and probably other associates of his) posed problems to be studied and solved by the others. Those others included his most famous student, Aristotle. If today’s information access had been available to these guys, we would likely have had human settlements on other planets for centuries by now!
“Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.” – Plato
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