The Mythology of Evolution

The Mythology of Evolution

This book liberates evolution from misrepresentative scientific myths to find a more nuanced vision of life that shows how advantages persist, trust is beneficial, and the diversity of species emerges.

Author: Chris Bateman

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 9781780996493

Category: Science

Page: 265

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This book liberates evolution from misrepresentative scientific myths to find a more nuanced vision of life that shows how advantages persist, trust is beneficial, and the diversity of species emerges.
Categories: Science

The Mythological Evolution of the Universe

The Mythological Evolution of the Universe

But how does that affect us? Are we collectively moving toward a particular destination that has already been determined? Read on as Devdutt Pattanaik explores these questions and more in The Mythological Evolution of the Universe.

Author: Devdutt Pattanaik

Publisher: Penguin Random House India Private Limited

ISBN: 9789353052768

Category: Social Science

Page: 20

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Ancient texts—or Vedas—were written for us to make sense of the universe that we live in. It is, however, believed that that the Vedas are of non-human origin and contain timeless wisdom. The Vedas acknowledge the existence of 'jiva' or soul and that each unique 'jiva' contributes to the constant shaping of the universe. But how does that affect us? Are we collectively moving toward a particular destination that has already been determined? Read on as Devdutt Pattanaik explores these questions and more in The Mythological Evolution of the Universe.
Categories: Social Science

The Myth of the Goddess

The Myth of the Goddess

A comprehensive, scholarly accessible study, in which the authors draw upon poetry and mythology, art and literature, archaeology and psychology to show how the myth of the goddess has been lost from our formal Judeo-Christian images of the ...

Author: Anne Baring

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141941400

Category: Social Science

Page: 800

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A comprehensive, scholarly accessible study, in which the authors draw upon poetry and mythology, art and literature, archaeology and psychology to show how the myth of the goddess has been lost from our formal Judeo-Christian images of the divine. They explain what happened to the goddess, when, and how she was excluded from western culture, and the implications of this loss.
Categories: Social Science

The Evolution of Tolkien s Mythology

The Evolution of Tolkien   s Mythology

This work provides a thorough study of Tolkien's life and influences through an analysis of The History of Middle-earth. The work begins with a brief biography and an analysis of the major influences in Tolkien's life.

Author: Elizabeth A. Whittingham

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476611747

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 232

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The History of Middle-earth traces the evolution of J.R.R. Tolkien’s literary world, stories, and characters from their earliest written forms to the final revisions Tolkien penned shortly before his death in 1973. Published posthumously by Tolkien’s son Christopher, the extensively detailed 12-volume work allows readers to follow the development of the texts that eventually became Tolkien’s immensely popular The Hobbit, The Lord of The Rings, The Silmarillion, and Unfinished Tales. This work provides a thorough study of Tolkien’s life and influences through an analysis of The History of Middle-earth. The work begins with a brief biography and an analysis of the major influences in Tolkien’s life. Following chapters deal with elements common to Tolkien’s popular works, including the cosmogony, theogony, cosmology, metaphysics, and eschatology of Middle-earth. The study also reviews some of the myths with which Tolkien was most familiar—Greek, Roman, Finnish, and Norse—and reveals the often overlapping relationship between mythology, biblical stories, and Tolkien’s popular works.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Mythology of Science

The Mythology of Science

The purpose of this book (first published in 1967) is to define the nature of the opposing religious systems of thought, Christian creationism and Darwinism (in its various forms).

Author: R. J. Rushdoony

Publisher: Chalcedon Foundation

ISBN: 9781879998261

Category: Science

Page: 188

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The "mythology" of science is its religious devotion to the myth of evolution. In evolution, man is the highest expression of intelligence and reason, and such thinking will not yield itself to submission to a God it views as a human cultural creation, useful, if at all, only in a cultural context. Views of origins are dependent on faith, and one's position speaks much as to one's religious tenets. Evolutionary faith, however, cannot tolerate any view of the natural world or science that places it under another faith, such as the Christian belief in a sovereign causative God. Darwin gave an ostensibly scientific justification for man's rebellion against God. He put men at the top of the evolutionary ladder, allowing them to believe they had realized Satan's lure to Adam and Eve and become "as gods, knowing [determining] good and evil" (Genesis 3:5). We can attack the science of evolution all we want, but the battle for our faith, true science, and our culture is a religious one over the nature of truth. Evolution is a religious faith that has become entrenched as a presupposition of modern thought. For Christians to argue about the "unproven" nature of the evolutionary hypothesis or the circular reasoning of its thought is of some value, but the essential issue is that two opposing religious faiths are in conflict. Evolution is popular because it is such a useful paradigm to sinful men; it dispenses with God as a prerequisite of all things. But Christianity as a religious faith depends not on proofs that are constructions of man's fallen mind, but on the reality of an almighty God who reveals Himself to us by grace. Christianity, too, depends on circular reasoning: we even begin and end with faith in God and His revelation. The purpose of this book (first published in 1967) is to define the nature of the opposing religious systems of thought, Christian creationism and Darwinism (in its various forms). It is a call to urge Christians to stand firm for Biblical six-day creationism as a fundamental aspect of their faith in the Creator.
Categories: Science

Hermes the Thief

Hermes the Thief

A classic, prescient work dealing with myth and cult which traces the evolution of Hermes from sacred stoneheap and phallus to Homeric Hymn to Hermes and the Hesiodic poems.

Author: Norman Oliver Brown

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 0940262266

Category: Fiction

Page: 164

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A classic, prescient work dealing with myth and cult which traces the evolution of Hermes from sacred stoneheap and phallus to Homeric Hymn to Hermes and the Hesiodic poems.
Categories: Fiction

Immortal Monster

Immortal Monster

As fables of identity, these tales dramatize our anxieties and fears concerning our own animal nature and help us come to terms with our own evolution.

Author: Joseph Andriano

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313306672

Category: Fiction

Page: 179

View: 829

Monsters figure prominently in classic works of literature as well as in films and stories intended for a wide audience. Since Darwin's time, most of these imaginary beasts have taken the form of natural creatures, rather than supernatural ones. This volume explores both literary and cinematic texts that are especially explicit in their depiction of beasts in Darwinian terms, though these same monsters retain an archaic mythological aspect. The myth of Leviathan and Behemoth, for instance, is at the heart of Jaws as much as it is central to Moby-Dick; indeed, Jaws inherits the myth directly from Moby-Dick, as does King Kong. These and other monster tales keep the myth alive by retelling it in the context of biological and cultural evolution. There is a pattern of alternating bestialization and anthropomorphism in many monster tales, suggesting that these images are being displayed in repeated attempts to define who we are in relation to animals. As fables of identity, these tales dramatize our anxieties and fears concerning our own animal nature and help us come to terms with our own evolution.
Categories: Fiction

The Science of Evolution and the Myth of Creationism

The Science of Evolution and the Myth of Creationism

One of the most common types of religious stories all around the world is called a
“creation myth”: it is the story people tell of how the world, and all the people and
animals and plants, supposedly came to be. Every human culture has tried to ...

Author: Ardea Skybreak

Publisher: Insight Press, Inc

ISBN: 9780976023654

Category: Science

Page: 352

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This clear, lively, and systematic presentation examines the scientific evidence for evolution and reaches for the widest possible audience—from scientific minds to those with no science background at all. Forcefully rejecting creationist objections to evolution and including a critique of Intelligent Design, it argues that they are part of a larger social agenda. With discussion that celebrates the fascination to be found in studying the diversity and complexity of life, this examination suggests with some urgency that the science of evolution is crucial to the existence of science itself.
Categories: Science

Science Fiction The Evolutionary Mythology of the Future

Science Fiction   The Evolutionary Mythology of the Future

Humans engage in purposeful evolution, throughout history attempting to
advance and improve upon their nature and their conditions of existence. Of
special note, humans continually attempt to “evolve” their minds and capacities,
and in so ...

Author: Thomas Lombardo

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 9781785358548

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 632

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An evolutionary and transformative journey through the history of science fiction from the innermost passions and dreams of the human spirit to the farthest reaches of the universe, human imagination, and beyond. '...a grand vision of the role of science fiction in the progress of human consciousness.' Dr. Karlheinz Steinmüller, Winner of the Kurd Lasswitz Award
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Mythology of Modern Law

The Mythology of Modern Law

This influence is not confined to the application of evolutionary doctrine
tosocietybut extendsto theenduring terms that evolution ... T H EPER F EC
T I O N O F P R O GRES S The predominant mythmaker of evolution has of
course been Darwin.

Author: Peter Fitzpatrick

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134890507

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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The Mythology of Modern Law is a radical reappraisal of the role of myth in modern society. Peter Fitzpatrick uses the example of law, as an integral category of modern social thought, to challenge the claims of modernity which deny the relevance of myth to modern society.
Categories: Social Science

The Evolution of Woman s Life Cycle in Ancient Greek Society and Mythology

The Evolution of Woman s Life Cycle in Ancient Greek Society and Mythology

The goddess Artemis seems to be active at each of these stages of a woman's development. This volume investigates the positioning and placement of women, both real and mythical, as they progress through these stages.

Author: Katia Micha

Publisher:

ISBN: 9798667151371

Category:

Page: 236

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A woman in the Classical Greece of the fifth century moved through several pre-defined stages in her life. Each stage was signified biologically by a loss of blood from the woman and by social rituals which serve to highlight the transition into a new stage. The goddess Artemis seems to be active at each of these stages of a woman's development. This volume investigates the positioning and placement of women, both real and mythical, as they progress through these stages. Although it usually seems that the role of women was entirely prescribed by men, with a modern perspective it becomes evident that women who grow and move towards motherhood are active, at some level, in the debate about their role in society, a debate which took place through myths and rituals.
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Vampire Evolution

Vampire Evolution

This work traces the evolution of the vampire, from its roots in ancient mythology to obscure folk tales and legends, leading up to when these foul beings transformed into the suave Byronic heroes that continue to influence the world's view ...

Author: Corvis Nocturnum

Publisher: Schiffer Publishing

ISBN: 0764348418

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 144

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Vampires are beings of myth: folkloric creatures who live off the blood of the living and have been recorded in nearly every culture around the world since the beginning of man. This work traces the evolution of the vampire, from its roots in ancient mythology to obscure folk tales and legends, leading up to when these foul beings transformed into the suave Byronic heroes that continue to influence the world s view of the vampire today. It also examines key individuals in history involved in reshaping our concept of the creature. Popular culture is explored, along with the development of the vampire into the protagonist in plays and poems and novels. Sixty-one frightening images bring the topic right to your front door. Will you invite the visitor in?"
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

the metaphysics of evolution

the metaphysics of evolution

1 This earlier and truer philosophy he claimed to have revived . Another branch
of learning to which Bruno had given special attention was the study of mythology
; not only the mythology of the Greeks but also that of the Egyptians and of the ...

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Publisher: CUP Archive

ISBN: 1001433637

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System Structure and Contradiction

System  Structure  and Contradiction

The first edition of System, Structure, and Contradiction was an important step in merging the materialist determinism of the structuralist Marxists with the cultural, ideological approach favored by anthropologists.

Author: Jonathan Friedman

Publisher: Rowman Altamira

ISBN: 076198934X

Category: Social Science

Page: 356

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The first edition of System, Structure, and Contradiction was an important step in merging the materialist determinism of the structuralist Marxists with the cultural, ideological approach favored by anthropologists. By reconciling these two traditionally warring schools of thought, the author provided a more nuanced understanding of the various factors that drive social change and social complexity. Though viewed through the lens of an ethnographic and historical case study of the Kachin of Burman, Friedman's theory has had a major impact on the work of archaeologists, anthropologists, world-systems scholars, and Marxist theorists alike. This new edition of Friedman's much-cited work contains the full text of the original volume (never published in North America) along with two related articles by the author, and a comprehensive new introduction that brings his theoretical notions, and the debate over this book, to the present. A classic work of anthropological and social theory, it will be of interest to scholars and their advanced students in anthropology and related disciplines.
Categories: Social Science

The Evolution of the Idea of God

The Evolution of the Idea of God

Students of religion, mythology, and human psychology will find this an intriguing work. Canadian writer GRANT ALLEN (1848-1899) attended university in the United Kingdom and taught at Queen's College in Jamaica.

Author: Grant Allen

Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.

ISBN: 9781602063860

Category: Philosophy

Page: 160

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Originally published in 1897, The Evolution of the Idea of God is a study of humans' belief in God from primitive tribal religions to what Allen considered the more advanced Christian view. The main question explored here is "How did we arrive at our knowledge of God?" Rather than trying to prove or disprove any claims about the divine, Allen's method simply traces the psychological processes that led humans to religious belief, and further, from a belief in polytheism to monotheism. Students of religion, mythology, and human psychology will find this an intriguing work. Canadian writer GRANT ALLEN (1848-1899) attended university in the United Kingdom and taught at Queen's College in Jamaica. His many published books include mainly scientific books and popular novels, and in 1895 he published one of the first Canadian science fiction books, The British Barbarians.
Categories: Philosophy

Evolutions

Evolutions

Here are the earth and the moon presenting a cosmological view of motherhood, a panicking mitochondrion introducing sex and death to the world, the loneliness of consciousness emerging from the memory of an octopus, and the birth of ...

Author: Oren Harman

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9780374716530

Category: Science

Page: 256

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A brilliant lyrical exploration of how modern science illuminates what it means to be human, from the award-winning author of The Price of Altruism We no longer think, like the ancient Chinese did, that the world was hatched from an egg, or, like the Maori, that it came from the tearing-apart of a love embrace. The Greeks told of a tempestuous Hera and a cunning Zeus, but we now use genes and natural selection to explain fear and desire, and physics to demystify the workings of the universe. Science is an astounding achievement, but are we really any wiser than the ancients? Has science revealed the secrets of fate and immortality? Has it provided protection from jealousy or love? There are those who believe that science has replaced faith, but must it also be a death knell for mythology? Evolutions brings to life the latest scientific thinking on the birth of the universe and the solar system, the journey from a single cell all the way to our human minds. Reawakening our sense of wonder and terror at the world around us and within us, Oren Harman uses modern science to create new and original mythologies. Here are the earth and the moon presenting a cosmological view of motherhood, a panicking mitochondrion introducing sex and death to the world, the loneliness of consciousness emerging from the memory of an octopus, and the birth of language in evolution summoning humankind’s struggle with truth. Science may not solve our existential puzzles, but like the age-old legends, its magical discoveries can help us continue the never-ending search.
Categories: Science

Outlines of cosmic philosophy based on the doctrine of evolution with criticisms on the positive philosophy

Outlines of cosmic philosophy  based on the doctrine of evolution  with criticisms on the positive philosophy

... how assertic from the evolutionist's point of view , as r as , from Mr. Mivart's
point of view , they logical , let us note that the statical habi no means
monopolized by the orthodox , philosophic theories consist mainly of from
primeval mythology .

Author: John Fiske

Publisher:

ISBN: OXFORD:600070245

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Evolution

Evolution

never done so, I strongly recommend that you pick up a book of comparative
mythology or examine some of the many texts that are now available on the
Internet. Through all this discussion, we have seen how mythologies often reflect
 ...

Author: Donald R. Prothero

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231511421

Category: Science

Page: 408

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Over the past twenty years, paleontologists have made tremendous fossil discoveries, including fossils that mark the growth of whales, manatees, and seals from land mammals and the origins of elephants, horses, and rhinos. Today there exists an amazing diversity of fossil humans, suggesting we walked upright long before we acquired large brains, and new evidence from molecules that enable scientists to decipher the tree of life as never before. The fossil record is now one of the strongest lines of evidence for evolution. In this engaging and richly illustrated book, Donald R. Prothero weaves an entertaining though intellectually rigorous history out of the transitional forms and series that dot the fossil record. Beginning with a brief discussion of the nature of science and the "monkey business of creationism," Prothero tackles subjects ranging from flood geology and rock dating to neo-Darwinism and macroevolution. He covers the ingredients of the primordial soup, the effects of communal living, invertebrate transitions, the development of the backbone, the reign of the dinosaurs, the mammalian explosion, and the leap from chimpanzee to human. Prothero pays particular attention to the recent discovery of "missing links" that complete the fossil timeline and details the debate between biologists over the mechanisms driving the evolutionary process. Evolution is an absorbing combination of firsthand observation, scientific discovery, and trenchant analysis. With the teaching of evolution still an issue, there couldn't be a better moment for a book clarifying the nature and value of fossil evidence. Widely recognized as a leading expert in his field, Prothero demonstrates that the transformation of life on this planet is far more awe inspiring than the narrow view of extremists.
Categories: Science

The Myths We Live By

The Myths We Live By

With a new Introduction by the author 'An elegant and sane little book. – The New Statesman Myths, as Mary Midgley argues in this powerful book, are everywhere.

Author: Mary Midgley

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781136807534

Category: Philosophy

Page: 296

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With a new Introduction by the author 'An elegant and sane little book. – The New Statesman Myths, as Mary Midgley argues in this powerful book, are everywhere. In political thought they sit at the heart of theories of human nature and the social contract; in economics in the pursuit of self interest; and in science the idea of human beings as machines, which originates in the seventeenth century, is a today a potent force. Far from being the opposite of science, however, Midgley argues that myth is a central part of it. Myths are neither lies nor mere stories but a network of powerful symbols for interpreting the world. Tackling a dazzling array of subjects such as philosophy, evolutionary psychology, animals, consciousness and the environment in her customary razor-sharp prose, The Myths We Live By reminds us of the powerful role of symbolism and the need to take our imaginative life seriously. Mary Midgley is a moral philosopher and the author of many books including Wickedness, Evolution as a Religion, Beast and Man and Science and Poetry. All are published in Routledge Classics.
Categories: Philosophy

Evolution and Human Behavior

Evolution and Human Behavior

(Genesis 3, 16) In the mythology of the biblical book of Genesis, the agony of
childbirth was the price that Eve paid for tasting the tree of knowledge. In
evolutionary terms, childbirth also carries a considerable cost to the child and
mother but ...

Author: John Cartwright

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262531704

Category: Psychology

Page: 376

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The book covers fundamental issues such as the origins and function of sexual reproduction, mating behavior, human mate choice, patterns of violence in families, altruistic behavior, the evolution of brain size and the origins of language, the modular mind, and the relationship between genes and culture.
Categories: Psychology