RE: Why Europe is so Contrary

From: Grant Callaghan (
Date: Sat 07 Dec 2002 - 16:12:16 GMT

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    As I signed off on the last message, it also occurred to me that our science and cosmology were also excessively concerned with beginnings and endings -- from the big bang to the big contraction. All journeys have a beginning and an end. In linguistics, the beginnings and endings of words have an influence on how they evolve. The middle parts seems to stay relatively stable. In archeology, what we seem most concerned with is when a species began and when it ended. Although life is a continuum, we mark if off into beginnings and endings and give names to the parts in between. Jurassic, for example, seems to mark the begining and end of the dynosaurs. Mitocondrial eve marks the beginning of mankind. This way of looking at the universe seems so engrained in our nature that it must occupy some deeper place in our makeup than a cultural meme.


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