2089Re: Iamblichus 'eye of wisdom' alleged reference
- May 19, 2008--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, John Dilon <jmdillon@...> wrote:
> > Hi ~
> > I've run across the following statement on a website concerning
> > medical knowledge:one would
> > 'Iamblichus repeats the statement of Plato that the study of the
> > science of Numbers tends to awaken that organ in the brain which the
> > ancients described as the "eye of wisdom", the organ now known to
> > physiology as the pineal gland.'
> > I imagine the Plato reference is to Republic VII. Could anyone point
> > me toward the specific passage in Iamblichus to which this might be
> > referring?
> > Thanks very much,
> > Leonard George
> I imagine in the introduction to his commentary on Nicomachus, but
> need to check. JMDDear Leonard
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
Re your earlier reference to numbers. This is what Plotinus has to
say on the subject of mathematics.
"The metaphysician, equipped by that very character, winged already
and not like those others, in need of disengagement, stirring of
himself towards the supernal but doubting of the way, needs only a
guide. He must be shown, then, and instructed, a willing wayfarer by
his very temperament, all but self-directed.
Mathematics, which as a student by nature he will take very easily,
will be prescribed to train him to abstract thought and to faith in
the unembodied; a moral being by native disposition, he must be led to
make his virtue perfect; after the Mathematics he must be put through
a course in Dialectic and made an adept in the science." (The Six
Enneads - first Ennead.)
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