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 A Light in the Darkness: Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan

in Oracles of Science: Celebrity Scientists versus God and Religion

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780195310726
eISBN:
9780199785179
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310726.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Carl Sagan is a public intellectual and the best-selling author of Cosmos, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark, The Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human ... More


Bones of Contention

Mary Orr

in Flaubert's Tentation: Remapping Nineteenth-Century French Histories of Religion and Science

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199258581
eISBN:
9780191718083
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199258581.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, World Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This final chapter reconsiders the famous set‐pieces of the ‘Sphinx and the Chimera’ and the ‘être la matière’ epiphany closing the text by close attention to real ‘monsters’ of Antoine's imagination ... More


Introduction

Norman Wirzba

in The Paradise of God: Renewing Religion in an Ecological Age

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780195157161
eISBN:
9780199835270
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195157168.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

Contemporary culture reflects widespread isolation from and ignorance about our interdependence with the earth and wider cosmos. This loss has led to an impoverished sense of community as membership ... More


Berlin and the Return Home

Paul C. Gutjahr

in Charles Hodge: Guardian of American Orthodoxy

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199740420
eISBN:
9780199894703
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199740420.003.0019
Subject:
Religion, Church History

Chapter Nineteen traces Hodge’s final months in Europe, including the six months he spends in Berlin which he considers the highpoint of his trip. In Berlin he meets and befriends Ernst Hengstenberg ... More


Cosmos: The Universe Translated

Alison E. Martin

in Nature Translated: Alexander von Humboldt's Works in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781474439329
eISBN:
9781474453844
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474439329.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter is devoted to Humboldt’s last, great work Cosmos. This multi-volume ‘Sketch of a Physical Description of the World’ ranged encyclopaedically from the darkest corners of space to the ... More


The Harmony Way

Barbara Alice Mann

in Spirits of Blood, Spirits of Breath: The Twinned Cosmos of Indigenous America

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780199997060
eISBN:
9780190456481
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199997060.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

The Twinned Cosmos pervades every facet of Indigenous philosophy, so that all things are perceived as coming in two’s and four’s and multiples thereof. It is the task of all sentient things—and ... More


Science and Religion in Carl Sagan’s Contact

Christopher Douglas

in If God Meant to Interfere: American Literature and the Rise of the Christian Right

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781501702112
eISBN:
9781501703539
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501702112.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter discusses the account of Carl Sagan, who, unlike the New Atheists of recent years, sought middle ground in the struggle between science and religion. An astronomer by training and ... More


Cosmos and the Structure of “Epic Myth”

Nasser Zakariya

in A Final Story: Science, Myth, and Beginnings

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226476124
eISBN:
9780226500737
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226500737.003.0011
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Projections of scientific universal history amplified and made more customary the understandings of “myth” and “epic” as products of science rather than its obstacles. The 1980 series Cosmos ... More


Angélica Gorodischer: Only a Storyteller

Yolanda Molina-Gavilán

in Lingua Cosmica: Science Fiction from around the World

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780252041754
eISBN:
9780252050428
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041754.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter introduces Angelica Gorodischer, one of the most prominent fantasy and science-fiction writers in the Spanish-speaking world today, and presents her oeuvre within the context of other ... More


‘Master the chariot, master your Self’: comparing chariot metaphors as hermeneutics for mind, self and liberation in ancient Greek and Indian sources

Jens Schlieter

in Universe and Inner Self in Early Indian and Early Greek Thought

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781474410991
eISBN:
9781474426695
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474410991.003.0012
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

Chariots in both Greece and India involved danger and intense experience in their various uses, and were used metaphorically for the interpretation of various abstract domains. They were vehicles of ... More


The Passage to Cosmos: Alexander von Humboldt and the Shaping of America

Laura Dassow Walls

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226871820
eISBN:
9780226871844
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226871844.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Explorer, scientist, writer, and humanist, Alexander von Humboldt was the most famous intellectual of the age that began with Napoleon and ended with Darwin. With Cosmos, the book that crowned his ... More


Man and Cosmos in St. Maximus the Confessor

Andrew Louth

in Toward an Ecology of Transfiguration: Orthodox Christian Perspectives on Environment, Nature, and Creation

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780823251445
eISBN:
9780823252909
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823251445.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter does not simply expound the teaching of St. Maximus the Confessor, for the subject—Man and Cosmos—is not some arcane bit of teaching from late antiquity, like, for instance, St. ... More


New Evidence on the Early Chinese Conception of Afterlife

Ying-shih Yü

Josephine Chiu-Duke and Michael S. Duke (eds)

in Chinese History and Culture: Sixth Century B.C.E. to Seventeenth Century

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780231178587
eISBN:
9780231542012
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231178587.003.0004
Subject:
History, Asian History

This extended review article discusses how various death-related myths of pre-Buddhist origins helped reveal both early Chinese beliefs about the hereafter and basic Chinese values regarding the ... More


Prologue: Humboldt's Bridge

in The Passage to Cosmos: Alexander von Humboldt and the Shaping of America

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226871820
eISBN:
9780226871844
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226871844.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter begins by considering one of Humboldt's first books, Vues des Cordillères, et monumens des peuples indigènes de l'Amérique (Views of the Cordilleras and monuments of the indigenous ... More


Epilogue: Recalling Cosmos

in The Passage to Cosmos: Alexander von Humboldt and the Shaping of America

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226871820
eISBN:
9780226871844
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226871844.003.0009
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Humboldt died peacefully at his Berlin home on 6 May 1859. The funeral was the largest and grandest Berlin had ever seen for a private citizen. Humboldt's family were followed by state and royal ... More


The Cosmology of the Eucharist

George Theokritoff

in Toward an Ecology of Transfiguration: Orthodox Christian Perspectives on Environment, Nature, and Creation

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780823251445
eISBN:
9780823252909
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823251445.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter approaches Cosmology from a new perspective, drawing on what we know of the workings of the Cosmos. It starts by asking the seemingly simple questions: what is bread? What is wine? It ... More


Digital Evolution and the Emergence of Complexity

John Johnston

in The Allure of Machinic Life: Cybernetics, Artificial Life, and the New AI

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262101264
eISBN:
9780262276351
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262101264.003.0006
Subject:
Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence

This chapter charts the history of artificial life (ALife) after Langton in relation to theories of evolution, emergence, and complex adaptive systems by examining a series of experiments carried out ... More


A New Version of Genesis

Nasser Zakariya

in A Final Story: Science, Myth, and Beginnings

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226476124
eISBN:
9780226500737
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226500737.003.0013
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The production, conception, and circulation of three series—the 2001 Evolution: A Journey into Where We’re From and Where We’re Going, the 2004 NOVA series Origins, and the 2014 Cosmos: A Spacetime ... More


Epilogue: Returning Home, 1952–1974

Stephanie J. Smith

in The Power and Politics of Art in Postrevolutionary Mexico

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781469635682
eISBN:
9781469635699
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635682.003.0007
Subject:
History, Latin American History

The conclusion comes full circle to consider the multiple meanings of Diego Rivera’s return to Mexico’s Communist Party in 1954, as well as David Alfaro Siqueiros’s conflicted relationship with the ... More


The measures and forms of heaven

Christopher Cullen

in Heavenly Numbers: Astronomy and Authority in Early Imperial China

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780198733119
eISBN:
9780191797705
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198733119.003.0006
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

We start by listening to the first voice from ancient China that speaks to us directly about the experience of observing the sky to make measurements, and of using a clepsydra to measure time. The ... More


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