A Rational Renaissance

“Clever” is something of a catchall word. According to Dictionary.com, it has the following meanings, among others: 1. mentally bright; having sharp or quick intelligence; able. … 3. showing inventiveness or originality; ingenious: We all know of clever people from human history. People like Plato, Archimedes, Leonardo da Vinci, and Isaac Newton. We also know many clever people from our daily lives. …

Socrates must be mortal

All men are mortal, Socrates is a man, Therefore, Socrates must be mortal. This is the classic Socrates syllogism that has been used to illustrate deductive logic for ages. Deductive logic takes general rules and comes up with new specifics. “All men are mortal” is a general rule. That Socrates …