Saturday, August 7, 2010

Is Oral Tradition Reliable?

Read this.

Then consider how both Aristarchus of Samos (BC 310 – 230) who thought in heliocentric terms, and Ptolemy (AD 90 – 168) who thought in geocentric terms, were influenced by ancient Egyptian cosmologies, having been exposed to these ideas in Sidon and Egypt.

1 comment:

Alice C. Linsley said...

I'm posting this comment for Jonathan B. Hall. Check out his blog entry. Very interesting!

In an email message to me, Mr. Hall wrote, "I've commented on my own blog on this very process of oral transformation... taking as my text "Thanksgiving Day," the popular poem by Lydia Maria Child of Medford, Massachusetts.

In that case, the significant oral change is from the original "grandfather's house" to the popular but incorrect "grandmother's house."

You're welcome to visit to read the post...should you be so inclined.

Thanks for keeping up your interesting blog.

Best wishes,
Jonathan B. Hall