Will Linn here. On May 31st at 5:30 PM beneath the Teaching Tree, I will present on my dissertation, Western Myths of Knowledge, Particles of Stone & Waves of Elixir, which I defended last week to complete my PhD.
The committee included Evans Lansing Smith, chair of the mythological studies and depth psychology MA/PhD at Pacifica Graduate Institute; Keiron le Grice, who chairs the Jungian and archetypal studies emphasis at Pacifica, and Maria Tatar, who chairs the committee on degrees in myth and folklore at Harvard University.
For the last four years I’ve helped put together 22 mythological roundtables and 17 radio episodes. It’s my honor to present, just this time, on the line of thinking that’s meant most to me.
I will begin with the primary Western origin stories of knowledge: (Classical) Prometheus & Pandora, (Abrahamic) Adam & Eve, and (scientific) the birth of Greek philosophy. The second half of the conversation will then follow the continuations of these stories to when Heracles frees Prometheus, Christ frees Adam, and Einstein challenges the first foundation of pre-Socratic thought.
In studying the Classical, Abrahamic, and scientific stories of knowledge, what I’ve found is a consistent meta-narrative between the three. As I will show, each of the knowledge origin stories convey initiations into material limitation and/or the perception of oneself as materially isolated. The continuations of these stories, however, demonstrate a compliment to the perception of matter and self as fundamentally enclosed. What I will show is that Herakles, Christ, and Einstein offer nothing less than a solution to the paradox of one-and-many, or, as Cartesians would say, the subject-object problem.
Join me Sunday the 31st and I will explain how Hebe’s nectar for Herakles, the Holy Grail’s elixir, and Einstein’s photon, demonstrate the form of atonement. There will be significant time for Q&A&Conversation. Craig and I are looking forward to seeing you there!
Will Linn, PhD!
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