Newton’s Giants

“I stand on the shoulder of giants,” Newton said. Just imagine a series of giants, each one hoisted on the shoulders of equally great giants below them. Who bears the load? Who is the loadbearer, the original giant that hoists all of those giants up above them, like Atlas holds the sky? Who’s the Atlas of Newton’s Giants?

We may never know, but I suspect, that if the myths are true, they have reached apotheosis, think of them as the patron god of giants. Imhotep seems a plausible candidate, but I doubt it, as far back into the past as he was, he lived far too recently for him to qualify as the ORIGINAL giant. Could it have been he (or she) who first invented fire? That seems like a plausible candidate, after all the usage of fire has shaped our bodies down to the bone, reducing our musculature by half, making our jaws weak, but allowing room for our brains to grow, for the appendix to shrivel away, and to help free humanity from the shackles of creation, of our inner animal nature.

I’d say that they, the person who first invented fire, are the Atlas of Newton’s Giants.