1: Heraclitus’ idea that the world is in a constant state of change definitely applies to our perception of the world. As people live and grow, they are constantly taking in things that further build their paradigms, with each new construction piece making the structure slightly different. Modern science confirms this phenomenon, for science is based largely on perception. Scientists search for explanations of the world, and each discovery changed their views of the world around them. As Heraclitus implied, this change is a continuous process, for “monumental” discoveries are actually results of a build-up of contributing observations. Plato, however, might not agree with Heraclitus completely. He would acknowledge that change does happen often, but it is not a perpetual or worldwide state. While the escaped prisoner’s perception of the world changes continuously upon gaining freedom, the prisoners still in the cave continue to view the world with a stagnant frame of thought. Thus, one might say that as long as observational abilities are being used, then the world is in a constant state of change.
2: What I found particularly mind-bending in Thursday’s panel was Professor Jankovic’s explanation of how between multiple translation manuals, we can never truly know which one is correct. Language is the base of all communication, as well as the way we perceive the world around us – if no single manual of language can be deemed correct, how much meaning do our words and perceptions actually have? Borge emphasizes that the Tlonists have a very different perception of time, but if a human were to look at a concept so foreign, they would never truly understand what this perception entails in terms of meaning.