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The World of the End

By Ofir Touché Gafla

The World of the End
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  • Hardcover: Jun 2013,
    368 pages.
    Paperback: 24 Jun 2014,
    368 pages.

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Mythic Fantasy: A Mirror World

30,000 year old cave hyena found in Chauvet CaveMythic expression is humanity's first language. These myths, or to use a more contemporary synonym, metanarratives, are the stories that give purpose and meaning to a people, a way of understanding the seemingly random occurrences in the lives of individuals and communities. Whether these are expressed in clay statues, paintings on cave walls, or mutually intelligible symbols such as words, each is a vision of the world and of the place of humanity within it.

Some have dismissed these stories as "early science," which has been superseded by rational understandings of the working of nature, of life, and of the psyche. However, myth actually remains foundational to all our knowledge, even to the most objective scientific explorations, because all knowledge is framed by some accepted system of beliefs and presuppositions, by a shared worldview, which alone allows us to communicate our truth to each other.

Copernicus' vision of the worldScience does not replace mythic invention, but the very imaginative fancy ...

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