My Mommy’s Cookies
By Plato, aged 4.
The general consensus is that Plato’s philosophy of Forms was a natural by-product of his friendship with Socrates and his upbringing in an environment conducive to philosophical thought. However, a newly recovered dialogue shows that Plato’s first brush with Forms was in his mom’s kitchen:
“Mommy, why do we have to cut each cookie into a crescent?”
“Because, Plato, all kourabiedes are crescent-shaped.”
“So that people will know they’re eating a kourabiede and not an amygthalota.”
“You tell me. What do all these cookies have in common?”
“They all have the same shape.