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Week 21. . . . What is the essence or beginning of everything (according to the three Milesians cosmologists, Thales, Anaximenes and Anaximandro)? And how would you answer that question? (My lecture and the video "The Backbone of Night" is essential for answering this question), Thales believed that the primal element of the universe was water; Ananimenes believed that it was air, and Herculitis thought it was fire (pg. 49). In the Backbone of the Night, Carl Sagan mentions fire and how it keeps us warm and lights our way, helps us see, and keeps animals away, after reading and hearing that theory, I would agree with Herculitis. 3. Briefly state the main characteristics of the Homeric view of the world.The main characteristics of the Homeric view of the world are justice is to be revered injustice and wickedness will eventually be punished, order and clarity are to be pursued, developing one's intellect and cunning is to be aspired, harmony and moderationare rewarded, beauty is to be appreciated, courage and bold action are prized, and honestyand honor should be pursued (pg. 46).
2. Why do you think that geometry and astronomy were highly developed in the ancient Greece?

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