Wednesday, June 04, 2014
Just a thought …
The world I was born and raised in offered two views of reality. A mythopoetic one to start you off and a scientific-historic one later on. The mythopoetic outlook seems to have been primal, the way things looked when man first noticed them. But don't sell early man's scientific acumen short. To survive, he had know how to observe, draw connections, take chances (experiment), figure things out. Over time, he figured out quite a lot: how to raise crops, herd animals, use fire. He even figured out how to communicate using sounds he made by means of breath, tongue, and lips.
These days, the conventional wisdom is that the scientific view is sound and the other merely quaint. Given that the later view grew out of the earlier one — chemistry grew out of alchemy, astronomy out of astrology — this seems dubious. The genuinely scientific approach would be to understand the mythopoetic on its own terms and see what it tells us about reality as initially encountered by persons who may just have been as smart as we think we are.