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One-eyed Odin: an eye for wisdom
  1. Tasneem Khatib,
  2. Arun D Singh,
  3. Harminder S Dua

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The value of an eye is an almost impossible thing to quantify. Although there are creatures without eyes that live in dark caves, light-sensing organs developed very early on in the evolution of animal life, for most of whom it is crucial for survival. The value of an eye to humans is subject to a variety of considerations among which social, religious and economic perspectives dominate. A poor man may sell his eye (cornea) on the black market to provide a few days of food for himself and his family. An arrow through the eye cost King Harold II the throne of England (and ultimately his life) in 1066 at the Battle of Hastings and created a pivotal turning point in British history.

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  • Story adapted from Farwell Brown A.2

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