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Plato’s Allegory of the Cave - Alex Gendler

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View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/plato-s-allegory-of-the-cave-alex-gendler Twenty four hundred years ago, Plato, one of history’s most famous thinkers, said life is like being chained up in a cave forced to watch shadows flitting across a stone wall. Beyond sounding quite morbid, what exactly did he mean? Alex Gendler unravels Plato's Allegory of the Cave, found in Book VII of "The Republic." Lesson by Alex Gendler, animation by Stretch Films, Inc.
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Elijah Jiao (2 дня назад)
The best example of it is the simulated universe theory, would you rather believe to that illusion that everything you see is real or would you rather open your eyes to the reality that we're just a simulation... but i rather stay in the cave than to know the harsh reality that i am in the simulation
Mort Weiss (9 дней назад)
There's nothing or no one cept me -
Michaella Rin (9 дней назад)
thank you for this i understand now the story😍❤❤
Chevy Matene (9 дней назад)
2016 elections in a nutshell.
Mark Rivera (12 дней назад)
Recently, my philosophy teacher explained it to us in much more simplified form. He said that our pleasure was just a shadow but the real happiness was doing what is right something like that haha
danica sustento (12 дней назад)
Ok. Love it.
Brian Truman (12 дней назад)
Truth/light or habit/shadow. This choice will become a life or death situation for every human on the planet.
beans Laurio (12 дней назад)
Hwk namen to sa philosophy (stem b) skl
Project Jeb (13 дней назад)
11-humss hi
bza069 (13 дней назад)
why did that girl have a carrot in her bed ?
Red Sparks (13 дней назад)
bedtime snack
Antonella Pas (14 дней назад)
Evviva l'italia...❤...Grazie
GEAUXTIGERS091 (16 дней назад)
Perception is reality, and reality perception.
Jehan Pandi (16 дней назад)
can I have a question, what is your realization after watching this?
Constantly Correct (18 дней назад)
This is a perfect explanation of WHY the Dunning-Krueger Effect exists. Nice.
Stephanie Ann (18 дней назад)
Literally liberals
mangoraj (21 день назад)
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Arthur Jan (25 дней назад)
poki podcast
Mister Fister (25 дней назад)
So basically the absence of evidence, is not the evidence of absence?
tim3854 (29 дней назад)
It's too bright in the cave, put that damn fire out before we all get carbon monoxide poisoning
tim3854 (17 дней назад)
Sadly i cannot see the reply, guess it was abuse lol
vishal lohiya (29 дней назад)
It’s just the allegory , it’s not one of the real life events , how can be one so sure that others prisoners resisted when the freed one tried to rescue them and told em about outside world.
Biggie Cheese (1 месяц назад)
There is this game that you can play that represents this really well. Try to explain what a color looks like without showing the color at all or saying it's name.
Nothing Cheeseburger (1 месяц назад)
alo me (1 месяц назад)
Nice video although only like 1/1000 of the people I know realized this before know this kind of thought exist
Izzy J (1 месяц назад)
I’d go to the light because I’m a really curious person. Maybe I wouldn’t go at first, but that would give me time to wonder what the light is like, making me want to go more.
Aaron Cabb (1 месяц назад)
So, basically, The Truman Show?
Darrell Covello (1 месяц назад)
I liked what you had to say, but hated the animation.
Richard Jackson (1 месяц назад)
This allegory has good form. Just look at the evidence. If he weren’t deemed a threat to the establishment of the time Socrates would not have been put to death. The truth is in the message, and not the message itself; which could have been told in a myriad of ways.
Gemini Twin (1 месяц назад)
The prisoners who are chained up all started as small children’s who were born from outside the cave where the sun is out... but as children’s they weren’t able to truly appreciate the nature and beauty of the sun... they later were introduce to come into the cave in order to become accepted into society... through time they have become conditioned collectively by the shadows in how they are taught to see, think and be.. and thus have blinded and chained themselves into Bondage/Ego without even knowing it... for those who break out of the chains to step outside the cave will witness the sun and finally recognize it for the beauty that it is and they themselves now have become illuminated/awakened.
maricho leyson (1 месяц назад)
Blubbermeat (1 месяц назад)
I’m afraid to even talk about this because I feel I don’t understand the metaphor at all.
George Fields (1 месяц назад)
I'm trapped in the biggest cave the world has ever seen
zat rat (1 месяц назад)
Everyone in this comment section thinks they're *wOkE* 💀💀😂😂😂
zat rat (1 месяц назад)
Lol I don't get it
Clymax01 (1 месяц назад)
The Matrix
anthony white (1 месяц назад)
No-one's alone...every understanding of life is representative of the shadows and the light. If we construct our understanding and selfs from our experiences then nobody's wrong. It's that simple! There's no grey area...so called grey areas are just other understandings formed by separate experience.
Zaxor Von Skyler (1 месяц назад)
This always reminds me of the Matrix where Morpheus say: "What is real? How do you define 'real'? If you're talking about what you can feel, what you can smell, what you can taste and see, then 'real' is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain."
Richard Luciano (1 месяц назад)
4:52 "Somebody put some pants on that kid!" THE WEDDING SINGER (1998)
J Elric (1 месяц назад)
This still holds up today and has relevance
Hans Gerber (1 месяц назад)
Imo the question is: what is important in life. Knowing what's real? Being happy? Does being happy require you to know what's real? If I think of e.g. movies like Matrix or Vanilla Sky I must say I wouldn't have a problem living in an illusion as long as I'm happy. Unfortunately, intelligent beings would be bothered by uncertainty about whether they are dreaming or experiencing what is real. But considering you will never know the answer you can say that the search for it is pointless anyway. So just enjoy life.
Ra Rodriguez (1 месяц назад)
Watch episode 8 of Marvel's Legion. They speak on this topic as well
Levi Waldrip (1 месяц назад)
I tried to tell them what I seen but they just turned on me.
Ninja Briana (1 месяц назад)
3:40 thats a bueatiful face
Clint Wolf (1 месяц назад)
Very interesting video. Thanks.
Xylok (1 месяц назад)
im neither sure im in a cave, nor that there is an im/i, at least as far as i can tell, i think, i think i think, i think i think i think...
John Doe (2 месяца назад)
Interesting. We have these abstract concepts that we believe to be true, that we project onto reality. But reality is not precise nor is it the projection we see. It's almost how shocking it is to see our image reversed. We think we look different. But It is us, but not how "we" to see ourselves from habit or how we might imagine we look. There is a common reality shared by people but none of it is actually "real" in the sense that it is imagined by us, and perpetuated by us . We see with our mind and not with our eyes.
Justus Morris (2 месяца назад)
*Justice* *Truth* No American way?
Josh Swett (2 месяца назад)
Kanye is proving this today.
Churck (2 месяца назад)
You do realise guys that "Religious people are stuck in the cave" or anything like that is not different than saying "I am right and you're wrong"?
Ian Fenn (2 месяца назад)
340 people voted this down......... LOL, are they the ones chained up who get angry when the free tell them about reality? However, how many people really understand the idea that as beings, as souls who are immortal, almost all of what you have been taught about yourself is no more than shadows on a cave wall....... how many of you have experienced yourself outside of the body? check out The Game Maker by Ian Fenn on Amazon.
Kang Da Ji (2 месяца назад)
I told myself when I was little that I needed to know the truth even if it hurts. But now honestly. The light blinds me so much that I'm not sure if it's worth it. It's just too painful. Anyone who thinks he knows the truth or has seen the light is still deep in the cave. Probably you are still one of the prisoners
Gemini Twin (1 месяц назад)
Kang Da Ji - what is the light that makes it painful for you?
Dan Bate (2 месяца назад)
Sums up breaking free from Western media narratives and thinking for yourself.
Mind-Cure Corner (2 месяца назад)
I came here from Unscripted by MJ Demarco
Melancholy Meatball (2 месяца назад)
That sun looked like an egg.
INHUMANENATION (2 месяца назад)
To know the idea of the allegory loosens the chains even but a bit.
miklejones (2 месяца назад)
This was a nice way to revisit this Allegory. I thought I understood it years ago but that's the whole point I suppose.
jet Kwan (2 месяца назад)
"They who do not move do not notice their chains" Karl Marx
Mr Floppy (2 месяца назад)
It's funny how Kanye West is living Plato's Allegory of the Cave.
Tom S (2 месяца назад)
The comparison is so accurate that it's pretty much just a modern-day interpretation of it. Of course we've swapped the cave for the democrat plantation in the current example. The fact that the slavemasters are so terrified of "their people" having and expressing free thought just goes to show how important it is.
duffmanwich69 (2 месяца назад)
Roundness, or Booty!
James Coxon (2 месяца назад)
Am I the only person that is kind of annoyed that the illustration shows them being shackled by the arms when Socrates clearly says "legs and necks"?
林禹安Andrew lin (2 месяца назад)
is very good, I am like it
Cameron Michael (2 месяца назад)
Im ok with philosopher kings js
Blue Pepper (2 месяца назад)
If everyone wakes up now. We can build a better tomorrow.
Vít Savický (2 месяца назад)
"Like a moth to a flame..."
Warbrain 777 (2 месяца назад)
Col 2:8
Finn Siegel (2 месяца назад)
Could you also interpret that the shadows represent concepts like god and the outside world represents the secrets of our universe and existing? we only know so much about the world, questions like "when did it all start?" go beyond our imagination. our human mind just can not imagine that something suddenly existed out of nothing or thst something existed all the time. So we invent an answer. we say it was a god or it was a big bang (even if science is better than religion imo, at certaint questions about our universe its just speculatuion and with that, not better than religion) However, IF a human being would suddenly know all the answers to our questions - we still couldn't comprahend it because it's propably so absurd and so different from what we had ever imagined.
Tom S (2 месяца назад)
The scientific answers are lacking in one thing: purpose. Today's rampant nihilism is due to the fact that nobody has any belief in any greater purpose and that we're all just barbaric animals running around. Putting aside that this strips us of free thought and any kind of accountability, it's also a pretty good way to destroy a society.
Aristides Sucks (3 месяца назад)
Socrates was sentenced to death because we was from Sparta. And in Sparta they do not allow a democracy. He was shaming and mocking Athens for having a democracy and saying how great it could be without one. This idea spread throughout Athens and he was put on trial. He was given the choice to either stop mocking democracy or to die. And he chose to die.
Jordan Parrott (3 месяца назад)
I don't know. - Bodhidharma
James (3 месяца назад)
John Rose brought me here
Elaine AteOate (3 дня назад)
James Love the Rose! Presently Juice feasting! Cheers!
MakeItBetter (3 месяца назад)
Круто, одна из самых возлюбленных аллегорий. Часто вставляю его в свои презентации либо лекции.)
Do A (3 месяца назад)
Insightingly insightful, mild incite to consider the initial view point 🤔
jose calvers (3 месяца назад)
does this relate to the holographic universe concept?
Sharan Kadakiya (3 месяца назад)
I would prefer the hard truth
yan k (3 месяца назад)
thanks for sharing TED-Ed
TheAnanaki (3 месяца назад)
That moment the rest of yall realize that the Matrix was plagiarized.
Dan Komochi (3 месяца назад)
I love how everyone in the comments section is trying to pretend they have 12 PhDs and read 154 books a day.
Its just ALEJANDRA (3 месяца назад)
People can feel this way on there phone all the time instead of seeing the reality
Kenzo Mizumoto (3 месяца назад)
So if the released man is the philosopher and the people inside the cave are the 'society', then who is the guy that set free the first man?
Tom S (2 месяца назад)
His willpower, inner strength, conscience, or maybe thirst for knowledge. Perhaps it doesn't have to be a person.
7alta7 (3 месяца назад)
0:21 "thread" (fil) a été compris et traduit comme étant "threat" (menace)... Il y a pourtant bien une image de bobine, non ?
Doofus Dick98 (4 месяца назад)
basically the goyim know
Rita Losee (4 месяца назад)
Intriguing presentation! Misspelled that as presZENtation just now. Love that typo! Love this animation. Thanks!
Little Eevee (4 месяца назад)
The Matrix, The Croods, The Truman Show, Pleasantville are all in relation to this allegory.
DJ Statyk (4 месяца назад)
The Banana Whisperer (4 месяца назад)
if anybody wants to escape the cave in terms of disease, you must find john rose on youtube. all of our diseases are due to problems of knowledge and are 100% within our control.
Freddy Pedraza (4 месяца назад)
I just watched the matrix, now i'm here
Obaid Yousafzai (4 месяца назад)
The reason why most of the people, after listening to this, think they are the ones who are out of the cave is that they are right. Otherwise, they would not be listening to this in the first place.
Smart Monkey (4 месяца назад)
If you listen to the video from 3:50 without watching the video, it sounds like someone committed a murder.
Dance God (4 месяца назад)
People comfortably entertain crazy ideas all the time. It's the forbidden ideas that people are made to be afraid of even considering, much less spreading.
potatomonkey (4 месяца назад)
i was reading a book about vr from S.M.Lavalle. and in the first chapter there was content about allegory of the cave. hhhh
aghoye raghimi (4 месяца назад)
Most people r not just comfortable to their ignorance, but hostile to any one who points it out. ~Plato!
stuff and thangs (4 месяца назад)
We all fukd m8
Saif m (4 месяца назад)
People who belive 0+0=1 or 1+1+1=1 are definitely in the cave
Saif m (4 месяца назад)
About 6 billion people are in the cave or more
razor blade (5 месяцев назад)
"The truth is that heaven is real and if I shoot you to death you and I will go to heaven." -- said the mass murderer. That's the 'problem' with this philosophy.
Sharan Kadakiya (5 месяцев назад)
Best video till now I would like this video hundred times if I could..
OlliOtter1004 (5 месяцев назад)
That sun at the beginning looks like an exploding egg
joash raul (5 месяцев назад)
There are lots of us down here. That sentence is soo comforting :)
Nick Carver (5 месяцев назад)
The cave is your mind and the ego is the prisoner. The lessons from Plato are two tiered. There is one lesson for those uninitiated and another lesson for the initiates or those bright enough to see it. P.s. it is the light from within that cast the shadow on the wall.
RJM Law (5 месяцев назад)
The Ol School matrix
creative profile name (5 месяцев назад)
I thought Socrates was Plato's student not the other way around?

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