Writing science before the Greeks: a naturalistic analysis by Rita Watson, Wayne Horowitz

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That is, while the historical appearance of alphabetic literacy and the rise of scientific, rational, logical thought were contemporaneous, one did not necessarily cause the other. The development of logic and rational argumentation in ancient Greece was realized to a substantial degree within spoken language contexts (Lloyd, 1990) and the impact of alphabetic literacy may have been overstated. In a strenuous critique of the “literacy hypothesis,” Halverson (1992) denies that the medium of writing could have any cognitive effects distinguishable from those of ordinary spoken communication.

Instead, they assumed that air filled the entire universe, including both the heavens above and underworld below. This would also seem to be the case in traditional western Judeo-Christian views of heaven and hell, whose inhabitants require no special breathing apparatus. On the other hand, our commonsense term “sky” includes the near regions where birds fly as well as more distant regions where the Sun, Moon, and stars can be observed. APIN astronomers, changes defined primarily by the dates of stellar phenomena, and small changes in the shape and configuration of constellations.

APIN (7th century) for the series to have evolved into its canonical form. APIN13 relates to a different set of observable or measurable astronomical phenomena. Each of these sections is, at least in theory, and to greater or lesser degrees, potentially autonomous. APIN. APIN may have had their own history before being incorporated, with or without some light editing by the astronomerscribes, into the canonical treatise. APIN proximate to the “publication” of the canonical text. APIN outside the series is significant (Hunger & Pingree 1989:9; George 1991).

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