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Extracting The Truth In Myth Is Inefficient

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Posted by John Morgan Powell on February 20, 2001 21:36:06 UTC

Richard David Yannopoulos-Ruquist,

You wrote:

> Rather than reject what many would call myth, I
> prefer to find truth in the myth in comparison
> to the wealth of available religious concepts.

You're welcome to do so, but I think it's an inefficient way to learn. You can learn a lot more about the way things work by reading the works of the most up-to-date teachers than you can by reading the works of ancient ones. The old teachers too often believed in false ideas.

For example, I have speculated that the belief in fire-breathing dragons was a myth based on someone's discovery of large dinosaur bones. The story got changed with the telling, but it was possibly based on the existence of the bones. Can you learn much about dinosaurs by reading dragon myths and "extracting the truth in the myth"? I don't think so. It can help us understand the psychology of the people of the time period, but I don't think the dragon myths help understand much else.

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