• Folklorists, anthropologists, ethnologists and linguists have long puzzled over why complex mythical stories that surface in cultures widely separated in space and time are strikingly similar. In recent years a promising scientific approach to comparative mythology has emerged in which researchers apply conceptual tools that biologists use to decipher the evolution of living species. In the hands of those who analyze myths, the method, known as phylogenetic analysis, consists of connecting successive versions of a mythical story and constructing a family tree that traces the evolution of the myth over time.

    tags: folklore mythology myth anthropology ethnology linguistics Homosapiens earlyman storytelling

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  • The hunt for exoplanets embodies all that is wondrous about the human endeavor—our innovation, our spirit, our thirst to know how we came to be, how we fit in, and what our cosmic destiny might hold. But there’s a whiff of the desperate about it, too. We seem just a little too eager to escape our history and envisage our species out among the stars, with a red sun rising above icy peaks or river-carved canyons. As if our one planet were not enough and its man-made troubles too much for our ingenuity. But we’re looking for salvation in exactly the wrong place. The cosmos is a hall of mirrors. There is no future out there, only an ancient and unfathomable past, its horizon receding ever faster.

    tags: exoplanet astronomy discovery space spaceflight physics Centauri life astrobiology

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