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DESCRIPTION: The mainmast or Subject Tree of The Telson Spur, this page gives a more detailed analysis of the main subject areas than that given on the top page, The Snark Hunter's Page, or in the somewhat more comprehensive Site Map (Table of Contents) of the Guide for Snark Hunters. (An alphabetic listing of topics may be found in the latter's Site Index.) The subordinate pages or "field nodes" comprise a list of links to mainly academic resources organized on the theme of necessity vs. contingency in the study of time and evolution.

KEYWORDS: epic of evolution; palaetiology; time; evolution; universe; cosmology; cosmogony; earth; life; man; culture; humanities; history; ideas; world-views; myth; religion; philosophy; science; information; research; exploration; discovery; space; bioastronomy; SETI; contact; future; jumplist; links; meta resource; subject index

Bound to the earth in its headlong flight,
Whence and whither we do not know,
Cleaving the awful void of night
With frost above and fire below,
What is the goal toward which we fly?
What does it mean to live and die?

John L. Stoddard

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Subject Tree



  1. Science Resources
    Science and Technology
    Science Centres and Organizations
    Science Education
    Science Forums and Periodicals
    Scientific Equipment and Exploration
    Chaos and Complexity

  2. Mathematics
    Mathematics Education

Physics: The Necessary Universe

  1. Physical Sciences

  2. Relativity and Cosmology

Astronomy: The Contingent Universe

  1. Astronomy and Astrophysics
    Astronomy Education
    Forums, Periodicals, & Societies
    Astronomy Software

  2. Observational Astronomy
    Ground Observatories
    Space Astronomy
    Astronomy Data and Sky Surveys
    Astronomical Images

  3. Stars and Galaxies
    Galaxies and the Milky Way
    Stars and the Interstellar Medium
    Galactic and Stellar Evolution
    Protostars and Star Formation
    Post-MS and Stellar Endpoints

  4. The Far Country: Amateur Astronomy
    Amateur Telescope Making
    Clubs and Societies
    Astronomy Travel

The Solar System

  1. General

  2. The Sun

  3. Origin and Evolution of the Solar System

  4. The Planets of the Solar System

  5. Earth as a Planet
    Earth Observation
    The Moon

  6. Small Bodies
    Kuiper Belt and Oort Cloud
    Meteors and Meteorites
    NEOs, SB Impact, and Astroblemes


  1. Earth Sciences
    Earth Science Education
    Atmosphere and Oceans

  2. Earth History
    Geochronology and the Geologic Time Scale
    The Early Earth and Precambrian Geology
    Plate Tectonics and Palaeogeography
    Climate Change and Palaeoclimatology
    Quaternary Geology

  3. Geography
    Global Positioning System (GPS)
    Polar Studies


  1. Life Sciences
    Life Science Education
    Molecular and Cell Biology
    Genetics and Development

  2. Neurosciences
    Cognitive Science

  3. History of Life
    Origin of Life
    Evolution and Phylogeny
    Evolution of Brain and Behaviour


  1. Social Sciences
    Social Science Education
    Human Evolution

  2. Human Culture and Society
    First Peoples
    Political Science
    Policy and Development

  3. Humanities
  4. Education
    Primary and Secondary Education
    Student Resources
    Teacher Resources
    Distance Learning and Homeschooling
    Special Education
    Higher Education
    Issues in Education
    Technology in Education
    Education and the Internet

Ideas: The Record of Homo sapiens

  1. History
    Archaeology and Prehistory
    History of the West
    World History

  2. Documentation
    Library and Information Science
    Museums and Exhibits

Traces: The Way of the Heart

  1. Art
    Art History and Prehistoric Art
    Space Art and Other Themes

  2. Literature
    Western Tradition
    Speculative Fiction

  3. Rhetoric
    Critical Thinking
    Scientific and Technical Writing

Values: The Way of the Spirit

  1. Human Rights and Responsibilities
    Disability Resources
    Ideology and Political Belief
    Social Justice: Freedom and Security

  2. Hera: Woman and Women
    Mnemosyne: Women and Learning
    Athena: Women in Science and Technology
    Pronoia: Women in Computing
    Arachne: Women and the Internet

  3. Public Security
    Law and Justice
    Crime and Criminal Justice
    Corporate Crime and Accountability
    Civil Peace and Security
    Global Peace and Security
    International Law and Justice
    Global Trade Policy and Economic Security
    Space Policy and Security
    Intelligence and Security

  4. Freedom of Expression and Access
    Censorship and Free Speech
    Copyright and Intellectual Property
    Public Access and Private Security
    Hackers and Hacktivism
    Noise (Net Abuse)

Paths: The Way of the Soul

  1. Dark Powers: The Pathology of Belief and Persuasion
    Hate and Violence
    Political Extremism and Terrorism
    Religious Extremism and Fundamentalism
    Pseudoscience: Content and Critique

  2. Beams of Light: Religion
    Myth and Mythology
    Religious Studies and Theology
    Ecumenism and Interfaith Dialogue

Concepts: The Way of the Intellect

  1. Philosophy

  2. Science Studies
    History and Philosophy of Science
    History and Philosophy of Mathematics
    History and Philosophy of Physics
    History and Philosophy of Astronomy and Cosmology
    History and Philosophy of Earth Sciences
    History and Philosophy of Life Sciences
    History and Philosophy of Social Sciences
    Religion and Science

Tools: The Way of the Machine

  1. Technology
    Technology Education
    Engineering and Applied Science
    Food and Natural Resources
    Wildlife Biodiversity and Conservation
    Materials and Processes
    Pollution and Waste Management
    Energy and Power
    Communication and Information
    Microscopy and Nanotechnology
    Biotechnology and Genomics
    Bioethics and Science Policy
    History of Medicine and Technology
    Technological Change and Development

  2. Computers and Computer Science
    AI and Robotics
    Advanced Computing and Supercomputing
    Molecular Computation and Nanocomputing
    Quantum Information and Computation
    History of Computers
    History of the Internet
    The Year 2000 Problem

Space: The Far Lands

  1. Across the Sea of Stars: Space Science

  2. Childhood's End: History of Space Exploration
    Soviet and Russian Space Programmes
    Out from the Cradle: Salyut and Mir
    NASA History: The U.S. Space Program
    NASA and Manned Space Exploration

  3. Imperial Earth: The NASA Crown
    NASA Centres
    NASA Resources
    The Space Transportation System

  4. Against the Fall of Night: The Final Frontier


  1. Environment

  2. Future Studies

  3. SETI: Other Roads
    Bioastronomy and the SETI Debate
    Other Places: Extrasolar Planets
    Other Tales: Exobiology
    Other Travellers: Search and Contact

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