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Department
Earth & Planetary Sciences
Course
EPSC 180
Professor
Olivia Jensen
Semester
Winter

Description
TheTerrestrialPlanetsEPSC180WinterTerm2013cProfOliviaJensenMcGillUniversity11CreationoftheuniversesolarsystemplanetsandsatellitesPluritasnonestponendasinenecessitateWilliamOckhamc1285134911Creationmythologies111PrecivilizationprimitivepeoplesWhatrecordsdowehaveWhilewehavenowrittenrecordswedolivewithmyriadculturalandreligioustraditionsthatderivefromancientmythicalexpla1nationsoftheoriginsofhumanitynatureandthecosmosThereisahumanneedtocreatethestoryofourowncreationOurmythsarethesymbolicnarrativeofourtraditionsculturesandworldviewsWeshallfollowathreadthroughtoourcurrentcreationnarrativebasedinempiricallytestablescienticmetaphorsandmodels112CivilizedmanreligiousandculturalmythologiesWemightbeginourthreadwitholdestknownandpreservedwritingsof2mankindfromtheSumerianmythologytheEpicofGilgameshTheadventuresofthisKingofUruksomewherebetween2750and2500BCEleadustotheedgeofthecreationProbablynearcoincidentallyinAncientGreeceamoremechanicalcreationstoryformsinwhichtheforcesofnaturethegodsareseriallycreatedfromtheChaos3ThecreatorGodwhoGenesis11InthebeginningGodcreatedtheheavenandtheEarthcelebratedintheJewishtraditionduringRoshHashanahthecreation5773yearsagoItissimilarlydescribedinSura574QaranHeistheOnewhocreatedtheheavensandtheearth1AncientreligionsandmythsMetareligion2TheEpicofGilgameshhttpwwwancienttextsorglibrarymesopotamiangilgameshEnumaElishtheSumerianEpicofCreation3KingJamesversionoftheEnglishbible24insixdaysThegreatwesternmiddleeasternmonotheisticreligionsJudaismChristianityIslamandtheirmanyoshootsessentiallyholdtoacommonmythcreationofallanditscontinuingmanagementbyastillinterestedompnipotentandomnscientGodJehovaAllahwhosenameisunspeakableArchbishopUsher17thCenturyEnglishclerictookthebiblicalstoryandrecordtobefactualdataandusedittocalculatetheyearofcreationtobe4004BCECambridgesecularistscientistsderisivelyprecisedthedateto900AMonOctober26SomeChristianfundamentalistsstillholdtothisdateastheCreationOthertraditions5TheHaidapeoplescreationbytheRaventricksterthePlainsAmerindiansthecoyotetricksterMayanCentralAmericathefourgodsyellowredblackandwithoutcolourconspiretocreatehumankindandEarthNotethattheworlddidnotcometoitsendonDecember202012assomehaveinterpretedfromMayanmythologyShintoJapanKunitokotatchiarisesasareedoutoftheoceanofchaostherstofthegodsthenIzanamiandIzanagiHinduremarkablythelengthofonedayandnightofBrahmathatis96onecycleoftheUniverseiscalculatedtobe8410yearsChinaOneearlycreationstorydescribesPanguseparatingtheworldegglikeHunduntheprimordialchaosintoHeavenandEarthContemporaryphilosophicalmythologiesNeocreationismIntelligentDesignHypothesisAlongtimeagoandaccordingtoaconsciousdesigntheUniversewasformedtheUniverseissoremarkablytunedforlifeandexistencethatitmusthavebeendesignedonpurposeScienticmythologiesmodelsthenarrativeProperlysciencedoesntaddressthemomentofcreationbutratherattemptstounderstandwhathashappenedsinceOurcosmologiesareevolutionmodelsthatdescribetheUniverseweseetheydonotexplaintheUniverse4TheIslamicNewYearcountsfromtherevelationofthecreationtoMohammed1534Handdoesnotdatecreationitself5BillReidsRavenandtheFirstMen6910means1followedby9zerosor1billion3
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