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From: "James Wynn" 
Subject: (urth) Myth and Science
Date: Fri, 14 Feb 2003 15:07:59 -0600

Nutria proffered:
> Conventional SF works in terms of theories about the
> universe that are just that: theories. Better: myths.

Blattid deferred:
H'mmm. I don't know if I'd go so far as to call the theories
of modern science "myths."

Crush butts in:
One definition of "myth" certainly could equate the "old stories" with
scientific theory; that is, "what might have happed based on what we know."

You probably remember that this is the definition C.S. Lewis utilized (and
he was no Fundamentalist).  Consider that the interests of the old stories,
modern religion, and the sort of science that usually provokes general
interest are the same:
Where did we come from? (Prometheus, Genesis, and paleontology)
What is going on? (The Fates, the Gospels, Relativity)
Where are we going? (Ragnarok, Revelation, cosmology)

The reason is that they are born from the same visceral urges. The old
stories and religion (especially true for Judaism and Christianity) even
have an advantage in these inquiries that science does not. That is, all
three presume that the human point-of-view is valid and objectively true,
but only the first two can begin to justify why.

Finally, this definition explains the ubiquitous interest of SF writers
(like Wolfe) in ancient mythology.

--- Crush


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