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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Un(s)even: Day Four, by Selkis

(a detail)

The Biblical account on the origin of the universe may sound "primitive," absurd, etc., from a scientific viewpoint, but on the other hand it is very modern, or rather post-modern, insofar as it is non-intuitive: stars and galaxies are the fourth thing appearing, not the first. Tasso underscores the paradox by saying that the Sun is younger than the grass.
Indeed, among his many jobs, Tasso had even been an Astronomy Professor. He did not accept the Copernican revolution (that anyway had not yet become a "case": Galileo Galilei would make it break out later on), or rather, he did not accept its "letter" but its "spirit," in the sense that in Il Mondo Creato man is no longer the center of the universe.