The book Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond was first published in 1997, and then revised in 2005. Mr. Diamond is a Professor of Geography and Physiology at UCLA. Diamond’s interest in bird watching and his study of bird evolution has taken him to several places, including South America, South Africa, Indonesia, Australia, and New Guinea. He has spent an ample amount of time living in New Guinea with a tribe in the forest, and learning from them. He’s said he often feels like a fool when he can’t follow a trail or other endeavors that come second nature to the other tribespeople.
We invented stories by using gods, humans and magical creatures to explain something that happens in nature. The most important way to think about myths is that they are symbolic stories that attempt to answer difficult human questions about the universe. For instance, where did we and the world come from? And what is the meaning of life?. “We all want to know where we came from, but because our earliest beginnings are lost in the mists of prehistory, we have created myths about our forefathers that are not historical but help to explain current attitudes about our environment, neighbors and customs” (6).
The themes with in “The Earth on Turtles Back” are one thing must end for another to begin, importance of animals, and belief in dreams. To begin, the first theme in the story is one thing must end for another to begin. In the story, the have to uproot the tree. Ultimately, because they uprooted the tree, they were able to get the dirt to start the creation of Earth. In the text, it states “The tiny bit of Earth fell on the back of the Turtle.
Adam Savage expressed his speech titled "Why We Make" in the pursuit to fathom the reason why makers operate the way they do, and kickoff by expressing his first concoction — a Millennium Falcon he constructed in his mother's closet when he was a youngster. Savage continues to talk about the deceptive dichotomy between pop culture and culture, and how instructors and business professionals shouldn't delineate between reinvigorating the objects of myth and establishing something new. He anticipates a current generation of minorities will be stimulated to invent whatever it is they find intriguing, and points out that science, math, and art are all imperative ingredients for visionary work. Personally, I have never had the honor to experience
The American Dream was once the idea of being able to come from poverty and take that and create something from nothing making a better life for one’s family than had in the past. In the book They Say, I say With Readings Cal Thomas and Brandon King have both written papers discussing the topic of the American dream each author using a different angle to exploit their views on the topic. This paper will analyze both author’s texts, creating three different points made by each and comparing them. The first point will be on the American Dream and how it is portrayed in both texts. The second point will cover any texts used in the essays in comparison to the other paper and how those writings improve the author’s argument.
1. History and myth is an important part of any culture. History is a study of events that have already occurred and is comprised of stories from first-hand experiences. Myth is connected to history as it speaks to the stories and ideas passed down over time that are not true but widely believed by people. This paper will link myth and history together concerning Mount McKinley, more recently named Mount Denali located in the Alaskan mountain range.
He takes us through the history of Laredo from its founding, to its different governments, it’s separation from Nuevo Laredo, population, society, religion, education opportunities and economy. He begins by telling the story of Jose de Escandon, his station and the task he is given in settling the area in North New Spain, the province, Nuevo Santander, and how the founding/settling of Laredo, made his mission complete. Escandon’s final three settlements were Dolores, Revilla and Laredo. I would have appreciated a map to visualize the geographic area that he was discussing. It’s odd to me the flow of topics within each chapter.
Even the title of this book is intriguing and apposite within the content of the book. The inception of this title came from the fact that the cuckoo travels while leaving behind a significant amount of its eggs in other bird’s nest. Ideally, it uses the ignorance of other birds so that it can survive. Cuckoos have various strategies for getting their egg into a host nest. Different species use different strategies based on host defensive strategies, but most of them specialize and lay eggs that closely resemble the eggs of their chosen host.
Cherokee are afraid that when the world ends ; the cords will break. According to the tale (passed down from generations) the earth was created by animals. A water beetle came down from the sky touching the earth (then made out of soft mud). Later the Great buzzard came to planet earth making valleys and mountains by striking or flying. When all the animals came down its dark but they need the sun for light.
A Thousand Bodies For One Soul “Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn,” ( Gandhi). The reincarnation is, for most of the scientists, a fascinating idea of soul’s rebirth. In the Hinduism reincarnation is considered as a punishment for the past mistakes, or as a gift because of the good works and help provided to others. History records different believes of reincarnation: into the animals, plants or human being.
While learning about the creation myths, one can point out numerous similarities between them. Although during the time there was no possible way for people to communicate, we wonder how they became so similar. We call these similarities motifs. Three of the major motifs that I have identified are: Humans were made of organic materials, it took multiple attempts to create them, and humans were created to look after the earth. I feel these motifs are the most important, that is why I decided to write about them, because they explain many of the questions we have today, such as; how we began populating the Earth and why we should take care of it.