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Week Two: Lecture Notes

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For the second lecture of class Professor Will Van Breguel discussed the Fundamentals of the Cosmos and its effect on society
Core: The world at home
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Date Created: 09/03/16
Joseph Martin Core 1  30 August 2016 Lecture 1 ; “Masks of the Universe:  Cosmologies  Since the Beginning of Time” Why are we beginning the class with the Cosmos? (Thesis)  Learning what we don’t know about the universe  Will van Breguel astronomist The limits of Knowledge  ­ From magic mythic to scientific (understanding the Cosmo) Mask of the Cosmos  Edward R Harrison – author of Mask of Cosmos  Brought anthropology and science together (example of what cosmetology can  do)  Universe is real however too big to know  What is the universe? Metaphysical question ­ Everyone believes that discovered the universe, (every age and society) ­ However they only make idea, model or mask ­Cosmetology – The study of the universe (started with Plato, theory of forms _There is the know what we think we know and what we don’t know _ Metaphysics these are theoretical studies for the universe God and creation (most philosophy and theory) Vs Physics  ­ Physics has data and science behind  ­  and is unbiased but is never ending “Masks of the Universe:  Cosmologies  Since the Beginning of Time” The allegory of the cave  Prisoners that can only see projections on the wall ­ Message these people only believe what they see, making those projection their knowledge of  the world. Age of magic (40,000 ago) ­ Explained the world by spirits  ­ Anthropometric world and that spirits must be appeased by gifts and sacrifices  ­ Dreaming was commutation of the ancestors (dreamtime = creation of the world) Dreams made the law  Followed by Age of Myth (where there was Gods and goddess) Structure of government (kings and queens) ­ Foundation or religion  ­ Spirits morphed in Gods  ­ Creation has multiple tales  ­ Maya Cosmos ­ Origin of life Gods need company for worship ­ Origin of Cosmos primordial fire= kitchen for the cosmos ­ Myths didn’t provide clear explanations on creation Age of Science (present) ­ Logic and rationality  Eighteen is the collection of prejudices= Einstein  3 stones of the stars influenced structure o the building  When was the universe created? Lord Kelvin’s guess: 20 million years for universe age first scientific observation (he was wrong) 13.8 billion years old through expansion fossil research and nuclear fusion. Rocks of the Cosmos  Water, complex molecules, various types or metals 70% of life was wiped out from the Comets, meteors, Meteorites  Meteors – falling stars Comets – burning asteroids  A compilation of all these universal carriers combined to make our universe Conclusions  Looking to the heavens has  Most of the physical is invisible Modern Cosmetology science adds not subtracts from our knowledge (Main point) Had different meaning over the years omens and What is life?


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