Humanity has been asking the question “where do we come from?” since the dawn of civilisation. Our earliest answers involved gods and monsters and heroes. Today, we talk about particles, energy and singularities. But when was it that our account of our origins transitioned from the religious to the scientific?
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The latest episode of the podcast – Origin Story: Where Do We Come From? – is an exploration into the theories of the first philosophers, Thales, Anaximander and Anaximenes, a group of radical thinkers attempting to solve the riddle of the origins of the universe.
Before these ‘pre-Socratics’, poets like Homer and Hesiod expounded a worldview where the gods and other divine forces were the cause and movers of everything, from physical events to human emotions. But these three philosophers were the first to propose rational theories to explain the origin and make-up of the world. In the process of doing so, they kickstarted and intellectual tradition that would eventually lead to what today we call science.
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