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Bird's Nest and Ferns (1863) by Fidelia Bridges
Bird's Nest and Ferns (1863) by Fidelia Bridges

"When we examine a nest, we place ourselves at the origin of confidence in the world."--The Poetics of Space (1958) by Gaston Bachelard

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Origin, origins, or original may refer to:

Beginning of the universe and life

  • Abiogenesis, the study of how life on Earth arose from inanimate matter
  • Cosmogony, any theory concerning the origin of the universe
  • Cosmology, the study of the universe and humanity's place in it
  • Creation myth, a symbolic account of how the world began and how people first came to inhabit it
  • Genesis creation narrative, creation as described in the first two chapters of the Book of Genesis in the Bible
  • Creatio ex nihilo, Latin for "creation out of nothing", a phrase used in philosophical and theological contexts

Science and technology

Medicine and biology

Language, culture, philosophy, and religion

  • Genealogy, origin of families
  • The birth of a living entity, thought, belief or idea
  • Epistemology, origin of knowledge
  • Origin myth, a story or explanation that describes the beginning of some feature of the natural or social world
  • Origin story, or pourquoi story, a fictional narrative that explains why something is the way it is
  • Original sin, in Christian theology
  • Etymology, origin of words
  • Toponymy, origin of place names

Books, comic books, periodicals, online and alternative publications

  • Origin story, in comic books, describing how a character gained their special abilities and/or how they became a superhero or supervillain

Other uses

  • Origen (185–254), early Christian scholar and theologian

See also

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