Ignorant, Stupid or Insane

“It is absolutely safe to say that if you meet somebody who claims not to believe in evolution, that person is ignorant, stupid or insane (or wicked, but I’d rather not consider that).”

– Richard Dawkins

Macrocosm and Microcosm

Macrocosm and microcosm is an ancient Greek Neo-Platonic schema of seeing the same patterns reproduced in all levels of the cosmos, from the largest scale; the macrocosm or universe-level all the way down to the smallest scale; the microcosm or sub-sub-atomic or even metaphysical-level. According to this philosophy the mid-point is Man, who summarizes the cosmos.

These philosophers were concerned with a rational explanation of everything and saw the repetition of the golden mean throughout the world and all levels of reality as a step towards this unifying theory. In short, it is the recognition that the same traits and patterns appear in entities of many different sizes, from one man to the entire human population.

Today, the concept of microcosm is used in sociology to denote a small group of individuals whose behaviour is typical of a larger social body encompassing it. A microcosm can be seen as a special kind of epitome. Conversely, a macrocosm is a social body made of smaller compounds.