PLATO WROTE over his door, "Let only geometers enter." Times have changed. Most of those who now seek to enter Plato's intellectual world neither know mathematics nor sense the least contradiction in their disregard for his injunction. Our culture's schizophrenic split between "humanities" and "science" supports their sense of security. Plato was a philosopher, and philosophy belongs to the humanities as surely as mathematics belongs to the sciences.
This great divide is thoroughly built into our language, our worldview, our social organization, our educational system, and, most recently, even our theories of neurophysiology. It is self-perpetuating: The more the culture is divided, the more each side builds separation into its new growth.
I have already suggested that the computer may serve as a force to break down the line between the "two cultures." I know that the humanist may find it questionable that a "technology" could change his assumptions about what kind of knowledge is relevant to his or her perspective of understanding people. And to the scientist dilution of rigor by the encroachment of "wishy-washy" humanistic thinking can be no less threatening. Yet the computer