Socrates is the Greek philosopher that had the most influence the Western world. Socrates is the son of a well-off Athenian—probably a sculptor or stonemason—named Sophroniscus and a midwife named Phaenarete. Socrates was born in 470 B.C. in Athens, Greece and his family enjoyed a high social life. Socrates became the biggest influence on the western world because of the Socratic Method, the Socratic seminar, and his teachings influenced Plato. These creations of Socrates helped the Western world and largely the entire world to evolve.
The Socratic Method is the technique in which a teacher does not give information right to the pupil but instead makes the student asks a series of questions. The result is the student gets the knowledge by answering the questions or realizing the limits of ones mind. The Socratic Method is split into five steps. First, make a question. Second, suggest a plausible answer to the question. Third, perform a thought experiment by imagining a case which acts accordingly to the definition but clearly fails to illustrate the word being defined, or vice versa. Such cases, if successful, are called counterexamples. If a counterexample happens, return to step 2, otherwise go to step 4. Fourth, accept the plausible answer as true. Return to step 3, if you can form any other case which may show the answer to be defective. Finally, explain why the answer is correct. The scientific method is a method of research and there are five steps also. First, a problem is identified in the form of a question. Second, a hypothesis is made (an answer that’s going to be tested).
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Third, perform the test. Fourth, accept or reject your hypothesis based in the test. Finally, write a conclusion. The scientific method has many similarities with the Socratic Method so, either the scientific method is a very similar copy or it’s an exact copy of Socratic Method. This invention of Socrates really influenced the western world because without it, many of the world’s greatest discoveries wouldn’t have been made. An example of this method being put to use is when Robert Boyle discovered that gas pressure increases when the volume decreases. He did this by using the scientific method. He asked a mental question, made a guess (hypothesis), and tested it; which is the scientific method.
Another huge contribution Socrates made to the western world is the Socratic seminar. A Socratic seminar is method that helps students try to understand information by having conversations in a class in regards to a specific topic. In a Socratic Seminar, participants seek deeper understanding of complex ideas through strictly thoughtful dialogue, rather than by memorizing bits of information. There are three types of seminars: group seminar, concentric circles, and small group seminar. Group seminars are really all the students, pupils, etc. gather in one large group, ideally a circle, and discuss the topic. The concentric circles are like the group seminars except, one small group is in the center of the circle and discuss the topic while the people surrounding the small group take notes on the discussion that takes place. The small group seminars are students being split into small groups that discuss the topic in a deep and detailed way. These seminars are an important part of the western society because these seminars helped the young students of Socrates learn more about a subject from each other rather than Socrates himself. This is important to modern society as well because the Socratic seminars are still used today. An example of this technique of teaching is still around after 2500 years in many schools around the world. Students are arranged in tables and in rows because students can discuss about a topic using the Socratic seminars without evening knowing about it.
The aim of this assignment was to show and explain the value and importance of information and the tools readily accessible to us as students. We were to investigate the individual components of Access, Excel, Word and Powerpoint, then to transform, manipulate and present the information we gathered. During the period of week 1 to week 3, we gathered information from our fellow students, ...
Socrates teachings influenced Plato. Socrates’ discoveries made an impact on the world where as Plato made no actual discoveries himself. Plato has made no mathematical discoveries that are important. He just discussed the important of mathematical philosophy, political, and also religious philosophy. He also wrote great literature pieces but none of these had any impact on the western civilization.
In conclusion, Socrates had the most influence on the western world. He influenced Plato, created Socratic Method, and Socratic seminars. His seminars and method are still around today after 2500 years. Without his method and seminars people the modern world wouldn’t be the same and neither would the people. Plato made no actual discoveries himself and wrote great literature pieces but none of these had any impact on the western civilization.
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The movie “October Sky” is often used as part of lectures and discussions in science classes primarily because it demonstrates the most fundamental process involved in the world of scientific inquiries – the scientific method. Contrary to popular misconceptions, the movie shows more than the struggle for a dream amidst social obstacles and family conflicts. Rather, it narrates the true story of ...
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