In terms, creature (LH:4), from Latin creatus, past participle of creare, from creo- (or crea-) meaning "[add]" + -re meaning "action; process", refers to a thing, typically animate, that has been created, generally god-creation implicit, or of an anomalously nature, such as seen in science fiction.
Those who tend to use the term “creature”, tend to caught, in mindset belief state, somewhere between theism and science, e.g. Karl Jaspers, quote shown below, Edward Harrison, and Arieh Naim, each scientific or philosophical god believers, were the first “what links here” pages to this article.
- “Man is the nothingness of a speck of dust in the limited universe, and he is a creature of a depth capable of cognizing the universe, and of encompassing it within himself. He is both, between both.”
- — Karl Jaspers (1938), Existence Philosophy (pg. 72)
This rule, however, is not always the case, e.g. the science fiction stories of Howard Lovecraft, a strong atheist, employ the term "creature" significantly.
The following are related quotes:
- “Life exists on earth because protons are shy creatures. When brought face to face, they take a considerable time in deciding whether to like each other. Before their minds are made up they have moved apart and gone their separate ways. A similar thing happens to people in cities; they move about, encountering one another on the streets and in the subway, and sometimes a person meets another for a fleeting moment and feels a strong attraction. But in their movement and hurry they turn aside and go separate ways, perhaps never again to meet. An attitude of reserve between strangers prevents instant intimate friendship. Protons have an equivalent inhibition, and their shyness and inability to make instant friendships is due to what is called the weak interaction.”
- Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, 2000.
- creare (creo or crea) – Wiktionary.
- Add: Greek-to-Latin (cypher).
- Creo – Online-Latin-Dictionary.com.
- Jaspers, Karl. (1938). Existence Philosophy (Existenzphilosophie) (translator: Richard Grabay) (pg. 72). Pennsylvania, 2010.
- Harrison, Edward. (1985). Masks of the Universe: Changing Ideas on the Nature of the Cosmos (pg. 134). Cambridge, 2001.
- Creature – Wiktionary.