The most important player in this continuous play of being is mind ( nous ). Although mind can be in some things, nothing else can be in it—mind is unmixed. We recall that, for Anaxagoras, everything is mixed with everything. There is some portion of everything in anything that we identify. Thus, if anything at all were mixed with mind, then everything would be mixed with mind. This mixture would obstruct mind’s ability to rule all else. Mind is in control, and it is responsible for the great mixture of being. Everlasting mind—the most pure of all things—is responsible for ordering the world.
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Dialectics (also called logic) was one of the three liberal arts taught in medieval universities as part of the trivium . The trivium also included rhetoric and grammar .