Originally Posted by Sophia_
I'm a carpenter who lived life first and witnessed the wonders of life; then wrote about it through poetry; followed by reading to discover the academic view.
You'll have to help me by providing a summary or a link. Thanks!
Awww, diddums, did I not link you to anything? Did I expect you to do something for yourself? AWWWWW.
So yeah, basically the gist of it is: the world as we perceive it may not be as it actually is due to the nature of our mode of perception. While Plato's analogy is archaic and largely impenetrable, it is more easily understood through Baudrillard's notion that 9/11 didn't happen - mainly that we only know it happened because we were bombarded with images that said it happened, and that this echoes a wider sense in which we experience virtually nothing "firsthand" anymore. The way Baudrillard talks about the media (our extended senses, to paraphrase McLuhan) is equivalent to the way in which Plato sees our biological senses.
And that is how come Plato was so awesome, and also how come he thought Sophia_ was a prick and a **** poet. PLATO COULD SEE INTO THE FUTURE USING A MAGIC CAVE.