The scientific revolution brought about imagined orders in many ways, but I feel that the most notable aspects are how well they’ve stood the test of time and become so engrained in human culture that they almost seem like natural orders. The culture that was adopted by the masses during the industrial revolution is an imagined order that has sustained since that revolution began. Through human influence, populations grew and scientific solutions perpetuated resources that were readily provided to accommodate that, and after those populations established themselves they became dependent on those resources. This created a societal entity that humans couldn’t come back from, creating the imagined order of industrialized society. Scientific pursuit and discovery also became a valuable resource to fuel imperialization and capitalism. Harari specifies how investments would be made into scientific and geographical pursuits so that the benefactors of the mission could benefit from it. Capitalism also plays into science in the chemical industry, with the Monsanto company being one of them. Bartow Elmore uses the quote from the New York Times, “Their goals are not environmental preservation but profit, profit, profit…” (Elmore 174) when they traded off their chemical operations to a different company. This points to the exploitation of scientific implementation in the name of capitalism.
I think that it’s interesting how the search for scientific knowledge as such an important indicator of power. We learn about how a lot of imperialist missions pursued scientific endeavors but we never really look at those events with science at the core of the issue. Throughout Harari’s explanations, it almost seems as if science has become a religion and way of life with how much people have started to look to science for all of their problems, in addition to sciences contributions to the world economy.