Modern culture has been willing to accept that we don’t know everything at a much higher degree than past cultures. One of the glues holding modern culture together is an almost religious belief in technology and the methods of scientific research (Page 254). As time passed on, it became clearer that whoever held the most knowledge held the most power. The powerful knowledge was not found by scientists and mathematicians as you would expect reading the first part of this chapter. The biggest jumps in technology were made by craftsmen through trial and error. In todays day and age scientists do some research but the main progress comes from the military. They work on new technology to improve weapons, reconnaissance, and defenses. While researching they can find ways to improve civilian life.
Once Monsanto became a biotechnology company, they had much more success than when they sold chemicals. They realized that the commodity market was more limiting than intangibles. The realization of owning the intellectual properties and shipping the labor to a cheaper industry overseas, was the biggest money-making decision these companies made. Modern science is always creating new technology and these new technologies provide money for corporations. If corporations own the patent or idea, they can make tons of money with little effort.