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Comment author: Allan_Crossman 25 August 2008 04:16:42AM 1 point [-]

Plato had a concept of "forms". Forms are ideal shapes or abstractions: every dog is an imperfect instantiation of the "dog" form that exists only in our brains.

Mmm. I believe Plato saw the forms as being real things existing "in heaven" rather than merely in our brains. It wasn't a stupid theory for its day; in particular, a living thing growing into the right shape or form must have seemed utterly mysterious, and so the idea that some sort of blueprint was laid out in heaven must have had a lot of appeal.

But anyway, forms as ideas "in our brains" isn't really the classical forms theory.

it is not difficult to believe in the existence of a "good" form.

In our brains, just maybe.

If we assume an AI that can develop its own forms, then it should be able to discover the Form of the Good.

Do you mean by looking into our brains, or by just arriving at it on its own?