Date of Defense



Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Paul Farber

Second Advisor

Dr. DeWayne Anderson

Third Advisor

Rachel Briley


I began accumulating questions for this thesis about 30 years ago, at age 14. My naive questions then were, "What is the difference between science and mythology? Don't they both explain the world that we can't see? Why do we believe in religion, but know science?" Partly this question sprang from a typical adolescent questioning of "authority", the authority in this case being a boring chemistry teacher. But underlying the question was an impulse toward the imaginative engagement provided by mythic or spiritual explanations of the natural world. This engagement was missing for me in the science that was presented in school.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only