Aristotle is acknowledged as being one of the greatest thinkers in Western history. The questions is: could YOU teach Aristotle a thing or two? And the answer is, of course, yes you could!

Emeritus Oxford Fellow Richard Dawkins makes the point that because you have “the privilege of living after Newton, Darwin, Einstein, Watson, Crick and their colleagues that you could give Aristotle a tutorial and you could thrill him to the core of his being“.

So, here’s a thought experiment and post your reply below:

In less than 100 words, if you could go back in time and give the great Aristotle a tutorial from your current perspective of 2013, what would you reveal to him that would be a real knockout for old Ari?

4 thoughts on “Thought experiment: What if YOU gave Aristotle a tutorial?

  1. I would really like to tell him about current theories of the origin of Universe and life (as I understand them).

    I would also like to discuss one thing with him – where did the material for the big bang come from? It’s the one thing that really taxes me about the any theory of origins: how do we get from nothing to something? Where did the first thing come from?

  2. I would tell him of all the great advances of mankind and end with this, ”that all people have the power to become the heroes of their own lives.”

  3. God is an illusion. The universe started with the big bang, when everything was condensed to an infinitely small spec which exploded 13.7 billion years ago. Since then the stars and planets have continued to form, through the forces of gravity and chemical reaction, with the earth forming some 4.5 billion years ago. Evolution and the process of natural selection ensued creating an every increase number of species with each generation adapting to its environment through genetic mutation. About 200’000 years ago homo sapiens (humans) evolved and with their ability to speak and record information the accumlation of knowledge began. This relentless expansion of knowledge resulted in our reaching out to the stars and our continued search for laws that govern the universe.
    And by the way, your teachings on logic resulted in the discovery of the scientific method which has made many of humanities great discoveries possible, so thank you.

  4. Ari, you’d be amazed at the progress we have made in space travel and medicine but you’d be very disappointed in our lack of progress in understanding relationships and common sense. I think we need to revisit your tutorials and catch up on ethics and human kindness.

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