Western Myths of Knowledge: Particles of Stone and Waves of Elixir
with Will Linn
For more details, contact Will Linn, organizer of the JCF Roundtable of Ojai.
Will Linn, long time leader of the JCF Mythological RoundTable group of Ojai, will be presenting on his recently completed dissertation, Western Myths of Knowledge: Particles of Stone & Waves of Elixir this May 31st at 5:30 PM. In the first half of the talk, he will discuss symbols and metaphors of materialism that pervade the Classical origin story of knowledge in which Prometheus stole fire, the Abrahamic origin story of knowledge in which Adam and Eve ate fruit, and the pre-Socratic origin story of Western science. The second half of the MRT will begin with the continuations of Prometheus' and Adams' stories to show that the rescue of these two progenitors by Hercules and Christ, respectively, symbolizes a liberation from a materially grounded mode of experience. The meta-narrative explored between these Classical and Abrahamic progenitors and their rescuers will then be compared with the history of science, which has experienced a similar transformation of its own materialistic grounds. The heart of the discussion will be the congruity between paths that transcend reductive materialism in spiritual, symbolic, and theoretical ways. The conclusion will be a consideration of a shared Classical, Abrahamic, and scientific solution to the materialistic paradox of one-and-many/I-and-other/us-and-them.
Will hosts a monthly radio series for the Santa Barbara News-Press called Mythosophia and teaches mythology at Relativity School in Los Angeles. He will receive his PhD in Mythological Studies with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute this May.
Gather under the Teaching Tree. Bring a flashlight for departing.