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2016-06-22  BBC:古代圣贤:苏格拉底 Socrates-5

               “We refer to the men as one group, the Pre-Socratic’s. but in reality, they were brilliant independent thinkers.”They asked hugely ambitious scientific questions. What is the cosmos made of? What is matter and how do we perceive it? Their answers in some cases undermine the role of the gods as rulers of the cosmos. “Their abstract theories, o________ conceived without the help of scientific instruments that the universe was made up of atoms and empty space, that water was the fundamental elements of the world, and that sun was one giant red hot rock were wildly p__________. The scale and a_______ of that thinking was breath-taking.”The pre-Socratic’s not only struck the core of traditional belief, but their use of reason opened up a new way to look at the entirety of human experience, an approach eagerly taken up by the young Socrates.“Suddenly it’s not just tradition or myth or religious hierarchies that are telling you how to make sense of your world, but rational debate, s_________ thought, just like those other ground-breaking philosophers of the age, Confucius in China and Buddha in what’s now India. Socrates and his c_____________ are daring to harness the powers of the mind to explain the world around them. This is a quantum shift.”

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