Things that were lost Re: [mythsoc] Re: The people for the myth ?
- I had a lucid question last night, but it was after I shut down the
computer and it hasn't come back yet.
So now I have two of my usual muddled questions. I am looking for answers
either of the personal speculation sort, or of the "such-and-such an author
created an interesting mythos on the topic" sort. Tolkien and the Inklings
worked with languages and culture; other writers work more with the natural
sciences as a base for their vision and fiction. It is the latter that I
am thinking about.
1. Scientific studies show more and more that "lower" animals observe and
communicate in ways that we cannot directly observe -- hammerhead sharks,
for example, attack transatlantic cables because they detect the
electromagnetic fields (I may have some of these details a little off) the
same way they detect the fields of living creatures. Butterflies see UV
patterns on flowers, where we can only see visible-spectrum color. We call
it "visible spectrum" but that's kind of homocentric isn't it then? Could
we have lost some kinds of, I hate to call it extra-sensory perception, but
additional sensitivities, and be making up for it with all our "things"?
If higher life forms had those senses, would they not need to write and
create "things" so much?
Well, the second question will have to wait. While I was trying to nail
down the first, the second one got away. I'll post it later, if it comes
Elizabeth Apgar Triano
amor vincit omnia
> What's sad is that the original myths were lost in the first place, either
> because nobody ever wrote them down or the writings were destroyed (in
> case, probably some of both).
> David Bratman