A History of Ideas: The Myth of the Missing Half

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A History of Ideas: The Myth of the Missing Half

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Aidan Turner on the Myth of the Missing Half

 Ray Laurence

Why are dating websites and apps so popular? Could the philosopher Plato have the answer? In this fun animation, we discover a creation myth from Plato’s Symposium that explains why people crave a partner – and explains different types of sexuality. It also explains why, when we find that special someone, they make us feel whole. 

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Here’s the whole episode from A History of Ideas –  Classicist Edith Hall on Aristophanes in Plato

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