Descartes really helped usher in the separation of mind and body
"Cogito ergo sum"
I think therefore I am
However, I would say the concept of a soul indicates the belief in the idea of separation of mind and body, which has been around for a while. The argument goes, how can something that is immaterial be in a material thing?
Also, platonic thinking helped the Church out quite a bit during the Dark Ages - it helped them paint heaven as the world of ideas and the earth as the cave with the shadows. Something like that - it has been a few years since I took a course on Science and Religion. That was a good class...
Also - aren't all programming languages Platonic, since they all use an idea to represent something in real life - an int is supposed to be a number (another idea). However, i get the idea that some prog. langs are more Platonic than others. Java, to take one OOP language, is a platonic form of an already platonic concept in general (programming).
If only that meant that our OOP code could be so ideal and perfect...
Instead, who knew that in Plato's world of ideas, you would have to take 10 times as long to express yourself, just like in Java?
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