This month's speaker is Howard Young, founder of the Princeton Framework, and an independent researcher focused on the story of human knowledge. His talk for us is titled "Mythology is Not Nonsense."
Taken literally, mythology appears rooted more deeply in human imagination rather than in facts and lived experiences. Being proposed here is that mythological themes were instead founded during the last Ice Age in a most ancient form of ritual communication about the sky. Evolutionary advantage was gained with an understanding, even a vague one, of the sun, moon, planets and stars. People living at the end of the Ice Age witnessed huge cosmic bursts followed by giant tsunamis across the globe. Such incidents were themselves memorialized in rituals before, generations later, early artists and authors tried to make sense of any older, ritualized, accounts which had survived. Understanding this change from ritual to writing opens the door for a fresh insight into ancient myths and the religions which followed.