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Prometheus's Fire

Why the Title?

Prometheus in Greek mythology is said to have captured the knowledge of how to make and control fire from the gods, thus enabling humans to gain some degree of control, for better or worse, over materials and their environment.

He thus can be said to symbolise the beginnings of scientific technology. Ireland, on the other hand, is usually depicted in mythology as feminine, and is culturally identified primarily with creative imagination and the arts.

There are beginning to be indications that the interaction between the sciences and Irish culture, originally in Bacon's time colonial, domineering and destructive, is beginning to become friendly and creative, in proportion as science learns to be holistic and respectful of the feminine virtues.

Although the Promethean courtship of the Irish muse has been tempestuous, the wedding perhaps is imminent, though problems remain.

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