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hist 108 essay 3 - Aaron Miller Hist 108 Essay 3 10/19/11...

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Aaron Miller Hist 108 Essay 3 10/19/11 Galileo's Telescope Throughout the history of philosophy many philosophers have come up with many ideas on how to view or perceive certain objects or ideas. One of the most well-known philosophers, Plato, has a very interesting view point in how not to view the world. He believes that people should not use their senses because their senses will lead them to a misconception or an illusion. For example Plato describes a group of slaves, in a cave, with their backs to a wall while being unable to move. While being chained they can only look at a wall in-front of them being illuminated by the sun coming through the opening of the cave. Above the slaves is a fire burning as well as a walking path. Since the slaves cannot turn around and see exactly what is above them they have to view the shadows on the wall in front of them. The slaves have to use their senses to guess what the objects crossing the walk-way actually are. This use of the senses backs Plato’s belief that trusting your senses will lead to misconceptions and illusions. Plato also believes that the heavens are both perfect and constant. Through this experiment of using the Galileo telescope I believe his conclusion of the heavens being perfect and constant is incorrect. While observing the moon, stars, and other planets through the telescope I concluded that the heavens are neither perfect nor constant. The moon was the easiest and best view of all the viewable objects. While observing the moon’s surface, I
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observed what seemed to be dents in the moon’s surface. Also while observing the
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