The Co-Revolution of Science and Human Culture

            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.

Published by chasedboyd1

Hello! My name is Chase and I’m a computer science major at Montana State University.

2 thoughts on “The Co-Revolution of Science and Human Culture

  1. Hi Chase! The point you make about the imagined orders that stem from the Scientific Revolution being elevated to natural order status is very interesting to think about. This takes my thoughts back to the section in class where we discussed techno-fixes in society. Human dependence on scientific knowledge and technologies that stem from this knowledge have helped lead us all to a society that functions on the imagined orders of imperialism and capitalism. Another fact that your post makes me think about is that these imagined orders of imperialism and capitalism use science to drive themselves forward, a concept that Harari mentions in the book. Science in itself is almost comparable to a simple bystander being manipulated to support different messages of the course of history.

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  2. I agree with your assessment that knowledge is always an important indicator of power. Education is the key to critical thinking, which, unfortunately, is hard to accomplish on a large scale. These people are known as the exhausted majority and they can be easily deceived and persuaded with subjective information. Advancement in science can easily be used by elites to take advantage of the majority by making things more convenient for them. For example, taking away privacy for security, giving elites more power as a byproduct but providing the majority with a larger sense of safety when using new technologies such as the iPhone.

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