There have been so many emails on the "mythic heros of connectivity" that I
can't resist putting on the list the comment that I sent directly to the
original requester:
Everyone so far has been drawing from the Western classics, but the East is
really the home of network thinking.  Indra, the Indian Vedic Hindu chief
god, is the god of cosmis order.  The concept of "Indra's Net" signifies the
interconnectedness of all phenomena in the cosmos.  Philosophically, thus,
it supports ideas such as the "Butterfly effect" of chaos theory.   Another
Eastern concept is the Buddhist "Twelvefold Chain of Interdependent
Origination," in all phenomena arise by distinction from each other, out of
an undifferentiated primary whole.  In this perspective, there are no
independent units, either selves or entities of any kind.  All is both
relational and changing.

Jeffrey Broadbent
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-----Original Message-----
From: Social Network Researchers [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf
Of Ronald E. Rice
Sent: Thursday, June 28, 2001 7:39 AM
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Subject: Re: Mythic Heroes of Connection

It's no longer politically correct to point this out, though I guess from
the perspective of respecting native culture it might regain respectability,
but from the classical mythology the title of mas tof connections would have
to go to Zeus.  He sired so many of the secondary gods (from pairings with
mostly mortals), who went on to be central players in other myths, that we
could say Zeus was most central, managed the most relations, and lay on the
most geodesics.

Ronald E. Rice
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School of Communication, Information & Library Studies
Rutgers University
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