The Activation Synthesis Theory Of Creation

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The need for understanding plagues humanity. Our brains work tirelessly categorizing identifying, and creating patterns, relentlessly translating and processing the world around us. This is even the case while we slumber. According to the Activation Synthesis Theory of dreaming even when we are asleep we are trying to make sense of the haphazard cues, details and various stimuli festering in our subconscious. Burdened with the constant desire to understand and make sense of our environment, humans have established various theories and stories contributing to a greater understanding of general human purpose and origin. Creation myths are among those. From Hera to Anu, humans past and present utilize creation myths as a sort of navigational …show more content…
(Gen. 1) Marred by complete disorder and confusion the world came to know “order” upon the act of “creation”, which occurred as the various gods (or god) categorized, gave set roles, and separated the once entangled parts of the world into clear distinguishable aspects with identities of their own. Designating certain places to be “sky” and others to be “water” . “...God called the dome sky…..God called the dry land Earth and the waters that were gathered together he called seas…” (Gen. 1. 8, 10) , this aspect of creation is not only limited to the Bible’s book of Genesis but is also evidenced in several other ancient celebrated texts depicting the conception of the world as we know it from the Indian Rig Veda ( 29-30) and the Babylonian Enuma Elish (39-40). While the process of creating differs drastically in all 3 texts (with some boasting a single god who fashions the earth from the chaos around and the others involving a god or gods fashioning the world from the remnants of a defeated god, or cosmic superpower) the act of creation is pretty straightforward in all 3 texts, involving the fashioning of what was once chaotic into ordered fragments and sections. Thus from this act of “creating”, an action interestingly enough intertwined quite obviously with the process of “naming” and “categorization”, order came into existence. Creation myths thus armed humans with the ability to give definite roles and purposes to every aspect of the world around them, bringing order into an otherwise chaotic world, by providing names, boundaries, categories and explanations for things which seemed beyond the grasp of mere human understanding. Providing early humans with a figurative map of the world by assigning set roles and purposes for differing parts of day to day life, and establishing set patterns. At the times of their

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