The Cosmic Prison

1096 Words Sep 13th, 2012 5 Pages
There are many things that seem to be complete opposites of each other, yet after looking in-depth our immediate conclusion appears to be wrong and the reality is they share many similarities. A popular example of this is the comparison between humans and chimpanzees. At an initial glance, humans seem so far superior to chimpanzees that the difference is at an astronomical level. The concepts, ideas, societies, relationships, technological advances that humans have brought are incomparable to what little chimpanzees have accomplished. Yet as scientists have studied and observed closely, they have noted that in reality we are made of nearly the exact same genetic structure as the chimp, varying in only a 1% difference. This miniscule 1% …show more content…
In The Cosmic Prison, Eiseley explains how man confines themselves to their current understanding of their self and their environment, without even considering the possibility of a greater inconceivable universe. Although Eiseley makes sure to suggest that the human brain could be physically limited to this understanding, he explains how it is most likely by man’s will alone. This is because man is unwilling to accept that they may not understand, or may be wrong. They believe that they are right and won’t give into other ideas. Eiseley explains this by stating that “[Man] could never, by any conceivable stretch of the imagination, be aware that their so-called universe was, in actuality, the prowling body of a cat or the more time-enduring body of a philosopher”. We think of ourselves as the only sentient part of the universe, some big significant species. Stephen Crane’s poem, “A Man Said to the Universe”, holds this same ideology. In this poem, Man exclaims to the universe “Sir, I exist!” This exclamation shows Man’s attempt to be recognized, but he is shot down and told of how insignificant he is compared to the rest of the infinitely existing universe, but they cannot see this because of their arrogance. All three of these examples display man’s anthropocentrism, although in different approaches.
The next visible connection between these works, closely related to the previous, is how puny and insignificant man really is. If one takes a moment to think about it,…

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