Pic of the Day: Socrates takes Hemlock

Since the (tentative) name of this blog is so heavily reliant on the Greek Philosophical tradition, I thought it appropriate to put up a picture about the founder of that tradition, and what happens to such philosophers when they get “uppity.”  From Socrates came Plato, from Plato came Aristotle and his school the Lyceum.
The Pythagorian Mathematikoi didn’t fair too well either.  Many were killed, and at one point the members of one of their schools were locked inside it, and burned alive.

Science, Mathematics, Philosophy, Art, Politics, War, Death.  They are not in anyway disjoint sets.   The very act of discussion is an act of freedom and democracy.   It isn’t absolute.  It can disappear overnight.

-Saij