ZYGOMNESIS
Plato and Atlantis, continued.
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Plato: (continued) ...then fortified the hill where she had her abode by a fence of alternate rings of sea and land, smaller and greater, one within another. 

WM:  Why?

Plato:  To make the spot inaccessible to man.

WM:  But this is zygomnesis at work in your teeming brain, Plato.  "Inaccessible to man?" 

Plato:  What of it?

WM:  When a sperm cell penetrates the zona pellucida, as your Poseidon penetrated the island to acquire his Clito, it becomes impervious to the assault of all other sperm.  It is sealed.  

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Poseidon alone enters the "island" of Atlantis.

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With fertilization, the zona pellucida is sealed against all competition.

WM:  If Zygomnesis is valid, the next steps in your narrative should roughly parallel the usual sequence following fertilization.  In short, cellular division should commence by "twinning;"  the original cell should give birth to an identical cell, those two give rise to two more cells.
Plato:  Indeed, Poseidon begat by Clito five sets of twins and these he sent out to every corner of Atlantis that each would rule in his own domain.

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The mother cell ("Clito") gives rise to twin cells, proliferating exponentially.

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WM:  But this perfectly describes the great mystery of cell migration and differentiation.  Organogensis, we call it.  Here the identical cells are, as you say, "sent out" to various locations and undergo a change, producing entirely separate organs and performing completely different functions.
 
Plato:  Well, each is assigned the task for which he is suited and has many servants who likewise perform the tasks for which they were born.
 
WM:  Your ideal society.
 
Plato:  Atlantis was ideal in every way and very efficient.  The workers began on the seaside by cutting a canal to the outermost ring which could not be entered from the sea like a port.  The imported goods were transported along enclosed conduits running to the deepest interior of the island and similar conduits carried waste products from within the island out to the sea.
 
WM:  A "closed conduit" is a telling detail.  Sir, you describe an arterial system which, by the fourth week of gestation is called the umbilicus.  This cord carries important nutrients to the developing fetus and carries away waste products, primarily urea and carbon dioxide.  Your conduits are performing the afferent (incoming) and efferent (outgoing) processes of the umbilical cord. 
 
Plato:  This is a real place. 
 
WM:  Oh... oh, sure.  No go on.  Really.  Plato?  Plato, come back. 

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Plato felt no compunction about putting words into the mouths of those he loved and those he hated in his famous dialogues and perhaps he forgives us for employing him in this regard.  The details of embryology are so acutely drawn by the Atlantis yarn, beginning with the unfertilized ovum, the fusing of the two pronuclei, the sealing of the zona pellucida, and organogenesis, that we should not be surprised that the master also provides a glimpse of neuralation, as well as the subordination of the autonomic functions of the body to its central control in the medulla oblongata.  Or, as Plato puts it, the "earliest born of the first pair" that is the original cell begat by mother and father  (in this case Clito and Poseidon) remain in the seat of power and reign over their brothers who remain subject to the central divenly established headquarters.   The "twin" kings meet at various intervals in order to pledge absolute subordination to this higher faculty, signifying agreement to perpetual service by the splashing of a sacred and bloody libation against a sacred column. 
 
And isn't this precisely how the brain stem and spine remain operative, with chemical signals from each part of the body assuring immediate responsiveness to stimuli and spontaneous subjection to command?

Plato's addiction to hierarchy, his fear of real democracy and his lifelong attachment to the metaphor where the perfect man is model for the perfect State, all have their origin in this story which most philosophy departments do not bother to teach and which is the only text which contains the essence of the man, Plato.

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