Please add some comments by Sunday night.
The Galen reading goes very well with the section we are reading from Ibn Tufayl. Imagine the Galenic formation in ibn Tufayl’s primordial muck.
Galen Reading: What does the story about the musical entertainer tell you about Greco-Roman society? Why the liver first? What happens when you put blood in hot water? Did Galen imagine tadpoles when discussing sperm/semen? In the early stages of embryonic development, would Galen consider the thing to be more a human or more of a plant? Why? When the embryo becomes an animal… what sort of animal? Why? How might Galen’s arguments factor into a modern debate about abortion rights? Of the 3 main organs, which is formed last? Using modern theory, why might arterial blood be finer and hotter? Do you think it is possible that Galen realized any of this modern theory? Can you make a pro-DNA argument for Galen? Does the soul have a sense of identity from the start? Why does the tongue fascinate Galen? Does Galen seem reasonable to you? What sort of proof is the best sort of proof for Galen? What is the soul for Galen?
Ibn Tufayl Reading: Why did ibn Tufayl give two accounts for the origin of Hayy? What story does the account with the king remind you of? Where is the island? When does the creation of Hayy take place (the mud version)? How many bubbles/chambers? What gives life to the mud? Do you feel Genesis in this? What are Duggs? What sorts of things does young Hayy start to notice as he becomes aware of himself and his surroundings? What did tails do for other animals? Why did he want clothing? How do eagles fit into this story?