Re: MD myths and symbols

From: Scott R (
Date: Sun Aug 10 2003 - 00:13:06 BST

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    > Those who believe intellect (logos, reason, thinking, the manipulation
    > of symbols) suddenly emerged in ancient Greece may want to reconsider.

    For the record, what I have been saying is not that the intellect suddenly
    emerged around 500 BC, but that that is the time when intellect (to be more
    precise I should say intellectual creativity) moved from appearing to come
    from the outside (i.e. from the gods, and hence as reinforcing social
    morals) to appearing to come from the inside (i.e., as being one's own
    activity), and hence producing the S/O divide, and the idea of individual
    autonomy, and the possibility of questioning social morals. Hence, until
    this happened there was no real distinction between the social and
    intellectual levels.

    For evidence (to respond to Paul's objection), see the work of Julian
    Jaynes, Owen Barfield, Bruno Snell, and no doubt many others. Or compare
    Homer to Plato, or the pre-Upanishadic Vedas to the Upanishads.

    - Scott

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