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We are reading form the same playbook.

Your position is my position. But I do not think the outcome proposal would be very differnt taking our aproach to the subject and Dodo's approach.

At the end is all about a set of myths and genral narratives. Narratives would use a good network of other myhts. Among them, factual predictions will play a very basic and important role. But there will not only be factual predictions. Narratives should be compelling, well-though, self-explanatory and with any kind of "myth".

Dodo: I have also notice that you relate myth with something abstract or weird external forces. These were the Greeks myths which used these kind of narrative to construct their myths. But this is a too narrow definition for myth. Myts is any general structure of symbolic elements (narratives, concepts, ideas, tales, other myths) which are linked among them to explain all or a very broad aspect of our world. The construction of the reality is also mythical. What our mind focus on, what we look for,... in the West we focus in factual predictions, in most other cultures this is irrelevant, this does not explain the world...it only explains a small set and mostly irrelevant part of the world.

In your example: Ok, yes this asteroid is gonna hit us because there are certain laws of physics, gravitation and the orbit.... Most cultures and most people do not give Shi* about that. The question is why this particuar asteroid with these laws happened to have the exact trajectory needed to hit the Earth.

Our answer is chance...any of the cultures would laugh at this stupid and first-grade interpretation. You may say that they need to beleive in foreign entitities. Not necessay, the explanations using God are only a small fraction of the explanations.
There are a lot of explanation for what really matters for a ot of people: Why?
Luckily we agree that we can not leave all these people that are worried more about the mythical Why? just because they do not focus as much as we do on the mythical How?

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I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Sat Apr 15th, 2006 at 10:13:23 AM EST
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