And not a work purely written for entertainment purposes.
"The central belief of every moron is that he is the victim of a mysterious conspiracy against his common rights and true deserts." - HL Mencken
But a mythological place means a place many people have talked about over a long period of time and speaks to the imagination and often has lessons in it, and has or had a big following of believers in it, but noone really can prove whether it has or has not excisted. (as you mentioned earlier yourself somewhere; There is no proof for or against it)
hmm, original post March 2013, probably won't get a response to this...
If nothing else, the story of the whole human race spawning from the incestuous relationship between a man and his morphed rib, has been proven false by genetics.
Going back further than that, the most popular theory of abiogenesis is that it happened only once in Earth history (or happened many times but the other times it didn't take root in the same way), and that every living organism on the planet is descended from the same self-replicating organic molecule, billions of years ago. So, if that's right (there are competing theories), then... after that molecule self-replicated once by splitting off some of its own matter (let's call it a rib?).. then there would have been precisely two "living" things on Earth. Though not exactly human. And we would have descended from those two things.
Look up mitochondrial Eve and Y-Chromosome Adam. There's no need for them to have been even vaguely contemporary. Or am I missing a joke?
So your post is a nice thought but not right - for a start, if they are all descended from HER father then she breaks the male line herself, and also her mate would be a more recent male ancestor.
More pertinently, there's nothing to stop the male line bottlenecking before (or after) that generation without affecting the matrilineal line.
Obviously all of these things apply the other way around as well
Fortunately, there were still 2 men left, and the 2 men were not closely related.
If the woman has multiple children by each man, then clearly there is more than 1 male ancestor (the 2 men) so we do not have our 'Adam', however all people (men and women) are now descendants of that 1 woman, so we do have 'Eve'.
In this scenario, the common ancestor is not restricted to considering matrilineal / patrilineal lines only
In your other example, however, it still only works if you restrict it to matrilineal/patrilineal lines. If you are considering all ancestors as counting, then everyone is also a descendent of the woman's father, and you have your Adam.
However, back to the first point - when we talk about Adam & Eve in the context of common ancestors, it is in reference to mitochondrial Eve and Y-Chromosomal Adam.
The Greek gods lived on Mt. Olympus. Mt. Olympus is an inarguably real place, therefore the Greek gods exist. Sherlock Holmes lived on Baker Street. Baker Street is a real street in London, therefore Sherlock Holmes was real. Spider-man lives in New York City, and New York City is definitely real, therefore Spider-man is an actual person.
"Did you even consider when writing your comment that maybe, just maybe, they could have named the new rivers after rivers which previously existed?"
Atlanta is named for the Greek titan Atlas, therefore there's really a giant holding the sky up on his shoulder. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday are all named for Norse gods, therefore the Norse gods are real. There's a city in Illinois called Metropolis, therefore Superman is real.
Like metropolis. It's just... literally, a big city. Settlers don't always think much when founding a city !
America, as far as I understand, has freedom of religion, so WHY should any American non-religious website show a positive bias towards Christianity? Demanding that it should be so, is totally pulling the rug from under freedom of religion.
And I do not wanted to offend somebody. Just sayin....
I'll say again. I'm American and I know that Evolution is a fact. So do near 200 million other people with the same address. Ken Ham is Australian. Ray Comfort is a kiwi. Harun Yahya is Turkish. Smartcookie, commenting above, is from the UK. There are crazy people in the Netherlands building replicas of Noah's Ark. So... when you come on here and automatically assume that every ignorant statement being made is coming from an American, and then imply that because you are European you are more enlightened and shielded from such stupidity, it kinda makes you seem like a jerk.
So you are one of the 58 % which believe in Evolution. Congrats!
David Cameron: "we should feel proud to say, ‘This is a Christian country.’"
Barack Obama: "Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation – at least, not just. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers."
God save the queen!!!
Aesthus: now... *that's* a strawman argument. Though we could have an argument about the religion of the United States and you would lose... that's not what I was saying and you've missed the point.
The majority used to believe that the Solar system is geocentric. They were wrong.
Look. I understand (now, anyway) mythological is not the same as fictional, so yeah, I admit I majorly jumped the gun assuming this quiz was implying "Christianity is a hoax." And yes, I also admit that back then I was way more close-minded and defensive about the issue than I am now, and my response to Hdny42 was overall unnecessary and may have come off as kind of ignorant or just kind of dumb.
But holy crap, people. Nowhere in there did I say anything about denying Christianity guaranteeing you a one-way trip to Hell, or if you don't 100% agree with my religious beliefs, you're not really Christian. If your religious beliefs vary? That's fine. If you disagree with me that calling the Garden of Eden completely fictional is objectionable (even though I already said I realize that's not what this quiz is doing)? That's fine. But nothing in my comment is worth getting all up in arms about. Calm. Down.
others I missed are mushroom, westeros and panem. Never seen anything of hunger games or game of thrones. Panem means zero to me (well, it makes me think of bread...) but I have heard of westeros.