1By way of introduction: Precious little
Singularity hyperborean Throbbing crystal Precious little
καὶ περιττὰ μὲν καὶ θαυμαστὰ καὶ χαλεπὰ καὶ δαιμόνια εἰδέναι αὐτοὺς φάσιν, ἄχρηστα δ’, ὅτι οὐ τὰ ἀνθρώπινα ἀγαθὰ ζητοῦσιν.
Aristotle Eth. Nic. Z 7 1141b7ff
And while people say that they [thinkers such as Anaxagoras and Thales] understand things that are extraordinary, astounding, difficult and even superhuman, they nevertheless claim that they are useless because they do not seek what is good for human beings.
Philosophical knowledge is useless, although common opinion may concede it to be, as Aristotle puts it, “extraordinary, astounding, difficult and even superhuman”. This knowledge does not embody practical reason directly applicable to the ...