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ZDNet: Open Source Radicals--Eat Cake

Mar 03, 2004, 01:00 (10 Talkback[s])
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"Analogies have a long heritage. The 'cave' analogy found in Plato's 'The Republic' was dreamed up 2,500 years ago in ancient Greece. Since this isn't a freshman philosophy class, I'll not spend much time discussing Plato (though the notion that our understanding of what is true is based on the equivalent of shadows cast on a cave wall is worth remembering).

"Instead I'll talk about something far more important: Cake.

"Richard likes cake. In fact, he likes it so much that he wants to make the cakes he finds in the stores for himself. Unfortunately, the companies that make them won't tell him how it is done..."

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