Name: Joseph Zielbauer
When did people start making myths for these weird constellations?
They did not understand what they were and they tried to give meaning to
their world. When people do not understand something they try to make up
stories to explain what is happening. Some stories emphasize why, who, and
what and are useful to us in our lives. Other stories try to explain how
and are only good if they can be tested. These stories are part of science
and are always changing to better describe what is happening and how it is
happening. Other stories can inspire us and make our lives better and may
not be testable, but may be very valuable to us. These are the kind of
stories that were made about the constellations. In early Peru they had
stories about the dark spots in the Milky Way instead of the stars. (Nasca
Lines) Stories are important.
Samuel P Bowen
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