Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Philosophy Wire: Lernaean Hydra, sharks and the (real) strength of Myths...

130325184016-largePhilosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2013-03-26]:

Scientists have confirmed the discovery of the first-ever, two-headed bull shark. The study, led by Michigan State University and appearing in the Journal of Fish Biology, confirmed the specimen, found in the Gulf of Mexico April 7, 2011, was a single shark with two heads, rather than conjoined twins. There have been other species of sharks, such as blue sharks and tope sharks, born with two heads. This is the first record of dicephalia (Gr. δικεφαλία) in a bull shark, said Michael Wagner, MSU assistant professor of fisheries and wildlife, who confirmed the discovery with colleagues at the Florida Keys Community College. [source: web news]

This reminds me of the Lernaean Hydra (Ancient Greek: Λερναία Ὕδρα). Once we thought it was just a crazy myth. Now we are seeing it manifesting itself in front of our very eyes with flesh and bones. Once again, we are reminded of the obvious: Myths are truths disguised under the cloack of story-telling. Do not underestimate their power of bringing light to our dark age...


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