Hamlet's Mill: An Essay on Myth and the Frame of Time

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David R. Godine Publisher, 1977 - Philosophy - 505 pages
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Ever since the Greeks coined the language we commonly use for scientific description, mythology and science have developed separately. But what came before the Greeks? What if we could prove that all myths have one common origin in a celestial cosmology? What if the gods, the places they lived, and what they did are but ciphers for celestial activity, a language for the perpetuation of complex astronomical data? Drawing on scientific data, historical and literary sources, the authors argue that our myths are the remains of a preliterate astronomy, an exacting science whose power and accuracy were suppressed and then forgotten by an emergent Greco-Roman world view. This fascinating book throws into doubt the self-congratulatory assumptions of Western science about the unfolding development and transmission of knowledge. This is a truly seminal and original thesis, a book that should be read by anyone interested in science, myth, and the interactions between the two.
 

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User Review  - millsge - LibraryThing

Amazing scholarship combined with exceptional thought and analysis make this an essential work. The book is marred however by the lack of an hypothesis as to the reasons why our ancestors went to so ... Read full review

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User Review  - miketroll - LibraryThing

This extraordinary book is subtitled: "An Essay Investigating the Origins of Human Knowledge and its Transmission Through Myth". This is what the book is about, more or less, but it is hard to tell ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The Chroniclers Tale
12
The Figure in Finland
26
The Iranian Parallel
36
History Myth and Reality
43
A Guide for the Perplexed
56
The Unfolding in India
76
Amlodhfs Quern
86
The Waters from the Deep
213
The Stone and the Tree
225
The Frame of the Cosmos
230
The Galaxy
242
The Fall of Phaethon
250
The Depths of the Sea
263
The Great Pan Is Dead
275
The Adventure and the Quest
288

The ManyColored Cover
96
Shamans and Smiths
113
Amlodhi the Titan and His Spinning Top
137
The Twilight of the Gods
149
Samson Under Many Skies
165
Socrates Last Tale
179
Of Time and the Rivers
192
The Whirlpool
204
Gilgamesh and Prometheus
317
The Lost Treasure
326
CONCLUSION
344
APPENDICES
351
BIBLIOGRAPHY
453
INDEX
485
INDEX
487
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