Thank you Maria and Brit for those great resources. I didn't know about
Lovelock's new book or that Barbara Ehrenreich has written so eloquently on the
subject of science.
Ehrenreich's comment (I think this is a quote from her? or is it you Brit?):
I'd rather have oppressive claims presented as
being scientifically based than claims for domination that were
presented as being by design in their origin, or supernatural, If you
tell me that white males have the role they have in our society because
God wants it that way, it is harder to refute...I think you always have a little leverage
domination is justified scientifically.
Seems to get at a definition of the difference between science and mythology. It seems to
say that science works within a set of rules and models can be tested and modified while
mythology is more rigid. I'm no expert on mythology, so I'd like to ask members
of the group with more experience whether or not this is an accurate assessment. Are
there examples of mutable mythologies? Tracking urban myths, for example, it seems there
is always a process of transformation (usually wild exaggeration :).
Ehrenreich also talks about truth. How are truth and mythology reconciled (or not)?
Does it matter?
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