Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky. (slithytove) wrote,
Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky.

Creation myths

I've discovered that Stephen Jay Gould's classic essay, 'The Creation Myths of Cooperstown' is available on the web. Doubleday, schmubleday! This essay is about baseball and evolution and why the sloppy beginnings of things tend to get tidied up when the official histories are written. This essay was picked as one of the Best American Essays of the [Twentieth] Century.

It's entertaining and enlightening. You must read it immediately, it will add one point to your Wisdom.

BTW, in light of the Gould essay, the fact that 'evolution' in Japanese (see below) is 'advance' + 'change' is amusing. It's the common conception in the West as well as (apparently) in Japan, that 'evolution' implies living creatures advancing, becoming better. Gould came not to believe this; he said that evolution is simply change itself, in response to changing conditions, and does not necessarily mean 'improvement' in any conventional sense.

I'm not sure I buy that yet, but that's what he said.

susu(mu), susu(meru)
meaning: advance
前進 == zenshin == advance
進化 == shinka == evolution

Left/bottom radical is 'movement', right/upper radical is 'bird'. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic:  'Advance like moving bird.'

Stroke order from Josh's Chinese Lookup Thingy (animated)
Stroke order from Taka Kanji Database
Other info from Taka Kanji Database

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