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Warren Ellis on myth as a carrier wave

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Quotes Myth
Daniel Andrlik
Daniel Andrlik lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia. By day he manages product teams. The rest of the time he is a podcast host and producer, writer of speculative fiction, a rabid reader, and a programmer.

I ended a talk in Manchester a couple of years ago with this:

Magic is our language and our story, and we can’t ride the ghost train into a future of haunted machines without them.

I can add something new to that thought. Myth is the carrier wave of civilisation. Put simpler: astrology leads to astronomy leads to navigation. Imbedded in the former are the conditions for the latter.

Warren Ellis, Orbital Operations newsletter for June 18, 2017

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