In this week’s reading of Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, we looked at the scientific revolution. Specifically we looked at how it brings about an imagined order different from all previous traditions of knowledge and Why modern science became wedded to imperialism and capitalism. We also got a look at a more modern example in The Commercial Ecology of Scavenger Capitalism: Monsanto, Fossil Fuels, and the Remaking of a Chemical Giant by Bartow Elmore. Firstly the imagined order that the scientific revolution brought about “ The scientific revolution has not been a revolution of knowledge. It has been above all a revolution of ignorance.” (Harari p.251). The imagined order is that we do not know everything and that we are ignorant which differs from the belief that god told us everything that is worth knowing which was the common belief before. Next we looked at how science is wedded to imperialism and capitalism . For how it is wed to imperialism we again turn to Harari “the key factor was that the plant-seeking botanist and the colony-seeking naval officer shared a similar mindset. Both scientist and the conqueror began by admitting ignorance – they both said, ‘ I don’t know what’s out there.’ “ (p. 284). This quote shows that imperialism needed scientists to show them what there was in the world so that they could then expand their empire into these new discoveries. Next we look at how capitalism and science are intertwined, for this we look to Elmore “Biotechnology offered an attractive means of moving Monsanto beyond oil. Limiting its frontend investments in bulk production of material products, Monsanto planned to sell a microscopic product—a kind of genetic software—that could be inserted in the hardware of plant and animal life…Thus, lab-created biotech products promised to radically reduce Monsanto’s demand for petroleum feedstocks.”(p.171). This shows that in capitalism that science is not done for science’s sake but to produce a gain in profit for a company and in capitalism if the science cannot be profited from it will likely not be researched. This means that science is at the whim of the all mighty dollar. This in the end shows how the scientific revolution has been shaped by the world just as much as it shaped the world.