You might have heard of subliminal messages embedded in rock albums, but what about in works of philosophy? Writing for the
Daily Mail, David
reports that Manchester University professor Dr Jay
Kennedy has discovered a series of hidden messages in the writings of
the Greek philosopher Plato, whose work in metaphysics and epistemology
influenced Aristotle, his student, and shaped the
foundation of the Western world. As Derbyshire writes, Kennedy thinks
the codes indicate that Plato "was a secret follower of the philosopher
Pythagoras and shared his belief that the secrets to the universe lie in
numbers and maths."
The key to unravelling the Plato Code lies
in a Greek musical scale of 12 notes popular among followers of the
earlier philosopher Pythagoras. Dr Kennedy discovered that key phrases,
words and themes crop up in regular intervals throughout Plato's
writings and that they match the spacing of these 12 notes in the
musical scale. His most famous work, the Republic, for instance, is made
up of 12,000 Homeric lines of text. Dr Kennedy found that every 1,000
lines, Plato returns to the theme of music. In another dialogue, the
Symposium, words describing harmony and unity crop up at the same
regularly spaced intervals. In the Greek musical scale some of the notes
are harmonic, or pleasing to the ear. Others are dissonant or grating,
and need to be followed by another note to relieve the musical tension
they create. At the location of harmonic notes in his writings, Plato
wrote lines associated with love or laughter. But the dissonant notes
were marked with screeching sounds or war or death....A century earlier,
Pythagoras had declared that the planets and stars made an inaudible
music, or 'harmony of the spheres' and that the secrets of the universe
lay in maths.
Derbyshire ponders the profound implications of
Plato's penchant for hidden messages. "The presence and nature of the
hidden codes suggest that Plato may have signed up to the same belief -
and that 2,000 years before the birth of modern science, he was leaving a
message in his writing that maths and logical patterns ruled the
universe, not the gods."
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