Mythic Imagination Today

The Interpenetration of Mythology and Science

In: Brill Research Perspectives in Popular Culture
Terry Marks-Tarlow Pacifica Graduate Institute and California Institute of Integral Studies, USA

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Mythic Imagination Today is an illustrated guide to the interpenetration of mythology and science throughout the ages. This publication brings alive our collective need for story to guide the rules, roles, and relationships of everyday life. Whereas mythology is born primarily of perception and imagination, science emerges from systematic observation and experimentation. Both disciplines arise from endless curiosity about the workings of the Universe combined with creative urges to transform inner and outer worlds. Both disciplines are located within open neural wiring that gives rise to uniquely human capacities for learning, memory, and metaphor. Explored are the origins of story within the social brain; mythmakers and myths from multiple cultures; and how contemporary sciences of chaos and complexity theories and fractal geometry dovetail with ancient wisdom. The ancient Greek myth of Psyche and Eros is unpacked in detail—origins of the very concepts of ‘psyche’ and ‘psychology’.

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