The Creation of Communities

The Cognitive Revolution allows for larger-scale cooperation among humans because the common myths from human’s collective imagination allows humans to work towards a common goal and connect. As stated in our book, “Legends, myths, gods and religions appeared for the first time with the Cognitive Revolution.” When people believed in the same ideas and knew the proper approaches, cooperation became larger and larger. This helped create ‘imagined orders’, which are cooperation networks like cities and religions. They aided in furthering human cooperation with providing frameworks and history to work from, creating knowledge systems to ease human life.

While you wouldn’t think imagined orders are a prerequisite for scientific experiments individually, they indeed depend on imagined orders. Science needs resources, which are provided by these orders, to reach these achievements and discoveries. I believe the different sciences use imagined orders (our communities) to complete projects and goals, and therefore are, in itself, imagined orders.

2 thoughts on “The Creation of Communities

  1. I believe that science is indeed an imagined order. Although science isn’t a collection of stories and myths that bring people together (even though some believe that science is a myth), it does bring people together to better society. Information gathered by groups of scientists requires an understanding of how science works as well as having the resources needed to share and discover new ideas in the world.
    It’s important for imagined orders to be around because humans are a social species. If we were to lose communication and ways to connect with others, we wouldn’t function nearly as well as we are now.


  2. I like your brief and informative explanation on Imagined orders. The idea of other ideas we like controlling our actions really makes you think weather our thoughts are truly our own or are we masters at echoing our influences. In my opinion I believe its our influences that adds to our character, weather we chose to follow it or not. A good example is religion. Some people who believe in a religion believe in it after they’ve seen the results of that religion, influencing them to echo their influence. Me personally I understand religion, and I’ve seen coincidental results of religion, but with my background in science, I want to investigate and search for the proof of a higher power.


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