Here There Be Dragons – The Symbolism Of Dragon Lore In Western History

Written by Faith Harper

The first appearance of dragons in Western mythology wasrepparttar Norse “worm,” a large scaled creature that was able to breathe fire and regenerate itself if vivisected. It didn’t haverepparttar 137538 arms, legs, or wings of later dragon stories, but was often pictured as an enormous snake. Because these multihued dragons were often seen streaking acrossrepparttar 137539 sky, many of these worm dragons sightings have been attributed torepparttar 137540 natural ball lightening phenomena that occurs during some thunderstorms.

Inrepparttar 137541 Bible,repparttar 137542 serpent isrepparttar 137543 creature most often used to symbolize evil, so it makes sense that these early serpent-like dragons were incorporated intorepparttar 137544 legends of early Christianity. Dragon lore became parables ofrepparttar 137545 triumph of Christianity over Paganism in early church lore.

One ofrepparttar 137546 most famous stories of St. Peter (althoughrepparttar 137547 story originates inrepparttar 137548 12th century, long after his death) was that of him slaying a dragon. Legend has it, that during Peter’s travels in Libya, a terrible dragon was terrorizing a small village, which had offered up a princess to appeaserepparttar 137549 beast. St. Peter foughtrepparttar 137550 dragon and savedrepparttar 137551 princess from her fate. Duringrepparttar 137552 battle, Peter was able to take respite under an enchanted orange tree thatrepparttar 137553 dragon’s poison could not touch. The orange tree inrepparttar 137554 story is also very symbolically similar to Tree Of Life lore fromrepparttar 137555 pagan tradition and Garden of Eden lore fromrepparttar 137556 early bible.

Many other legends of saints includerepparttar 137557 slaying of dragons. St. Sampson (the Archbishop Of Dol) is told to have led a dragon out of his cave and over a cliff to his death. St. Philip is credited withrepparttar 137558 slaying of a dragon in Hierapolis in Phygia. St. Martha fell a dragon known as Tarasque at Aix, while St. Romain performedrepparttar 137559 same feat withrepparttar 137560 dragon known as La Gargouille.

St. Florent, St. Cado, St. Paul, St. Keyne, St. Michael, St. George, St. Clement, St. Margaret, Pope Sylvester, and St. Serf have all been documented as having slain dragons. Two gentler legends find saints Petroc and Carantoc leading dragons off to unpopulated areas, assuringrepparttar 137561 safety ofrepparttar 137562 villages these dragons had originally overtook.

Dragons are replete in other early Western literature. Spencer’s epic poem, The Faerie Queen, features a dragon slain byrepparttar 137563 Redcrosse knight. Scholars believe thatrepparttar 137564 dragon in this story has a two-fold symbolism. Besides representing Satan himself (inrepparttar 137565 form ofrepparttar 137566 dragon-like beast from Revelations), as well asrepparttar 137567 corruption ofrepparttar 137568 Catholic church as seen fromrepparttar 137569 point of view of a 16th century Protestant.

Genetic, Robotic And Nanotech

Written by Robert Baird

Decision Time: Genetic, Robotic and Nano-Opportunities:

There is an abundance of technological threats and/or opportunities that mankind has before him. Whether or not there is an ethical basis upon which we might effectively utilize these technologies is something that worries many serious students of our species. The head ofrepparttar Club of Rome says we do not even have terminologies for common concepts or words that cross ethnic and cultural borders. (1) Hobbes and other Platonic hierarchy types throughout history would argue that there is no good reason to think mankind can be responsible enough to get over ‘beating his chest’ in headlong pursuit of his ego driven or Machiavellian ‘appeals to base human urges’. (Il Principe)

We can wireheadrepparttar 137365 masses and make them all quite happy but we seem more interested in giving them pharmacological lobotomies according to Breggins and Cohen. We could do whatrepparttar 137366 movie The Day The Earth Stood Still showed alien species had done withrepparttar 137367 robots to enforce peace. We could ensure free access to gene therapy and extendrepparttar 137368 life of all people till they can live to be as old as nine hundred years without parts replacement. According to some researchers this goal will be achieved byrepparttar 137369 year 2070 but it would necessitate changes in reproductive rights unless we are to make a concerted effort to start colonizing space soon. The decisions carry many downsides as well as upsides butrepparttar 137370 discussions don’t seem to be happening and we continue to train people for harmful or soon to be outmoded jobs. This article cannot address allrepparttar 137371 facts or factors but we must startrepparttar 137372 process.

Bill Joyrepparttar 137373 Killjoy:

The March/April 2000 issue of Wired Magazine article byrepparttar 137374 noted expert in technology who developed Java and was a founder of Sun Microsystems made more than a little impact inrepparttar 137375 editorial coverage for a few weeks in my local newspaper. He warned us about genetic engineering that could end life on earth without pointing out thatrepparttar 137376 Israelis are trying to target their enemies with a genetic ethnic bomb. Perhaps he was not aware they are working on that but he was a part ofrepparttar 137377 SALT talks. The most important thing he brought torepparttar 137378 attention of readers wasrepparttar 137379 prediction that by 2035 humanity will be redundant inrepparttar 137380 performance of most jobs.

He quoted experts in many fields of endeavor and I agreed with him thatrepparttar 137381 dumping of human memory into sentient robots will not includerepparttar 137382 soul as people like Gary Hillis think. His sometimes debating partner Ray Kurzweil goes further (2) and speaks of even more rapid acceleration of technology. Not long after Joy’s article hitrepparttar 137383 stands we had NEC labs in Princeton, N. J. tell us they measured 300X light speed in a cesium chamber. Then camerepparttar 137384 US Army letting out faster than light information transfer contracts through Mr. Everitt in Durham, N. C. by November of that year. (3) The European attempt to reach Mars includes Ion Propulsion which can accelerate infinitely pastrepparttar 137385 speed of light. Quantum Teleporting was a cover story in Scientific American aroundrepparttar 137386 same time and yetrepparttar 137387 uninformed so-called ‘experts’ often deny many possibilities that relate thereto. I personally believe that a combination of Virtual Reality technology, Holography and nanotechnology will allow a form of time travel for complex systems despite what Hawking said. Hawking said they know time travel exists in small particles.

There are many exciting potentials just aroundrepparttar 137388 corner in many diverse fields that Joy and Kurzweil are not even expert in. Neurotechnology and implants or prosthetics headsrepparttar 137389 list of my personal concerns. When I was an active participant on a Neuroscience forum recently I discovered these people have no moral idea ofrepparttar 137390 implications of their work. Transhumanism (4) and Bostrom’s association that is relatively new already is fraught with fraud charges by other directors. Many of these people actually think it would serverepparttar 137391 universe best if robots replace humans entirely. I can’t arguerepparttar 137392 logic against that perspective when I look at power-mongering and mud-slinging inrepparttar 137393 bureaucracies called democratic in media owned by Synarchists. But I implore people to wake up before it is too late. We must participate and insistrepparttar 137394 technologies andrepparttar 137395 future use of them are done forrepparttar 137396 Greater Good of all life on earth.

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