Everything is Connected

Throughout the book we are able to maintain an image of the curious and collaborative scientist Priestley once was. As he pursued the air pump and different electrical machines it is mentioned that Priestley started to see how his discoveries may defy religious beliefs and threaten higher powers of government. I believe that these airContinue reading “Everything is Connected”

The importance of Interdisciplinary Studies

In the second half of Johnson’s book, he spends the majority of his time discussing the importance and uniqueness of Priestley’s interdisciplinary studies. Priestly was a man who likes many of our found fathers not only explored science but also commented on the political and religious climate of his time. As stated on page 147,Continue reading “The importance of Interdisciplinary Studies”

The Fear of the Air Pump and the Electrical Machine

Air pumps and electrical machines symbolize scientific exploration and discovery. Therefore, governments and religions should fear science because scientific advancements will challenge a country’s political institutions and religious beliefs. This does not go to say that governments and religion should be the enemies of science, rather that science can uplift these institutions and society canContinue reading “The Fear of the Air Pump and the Electrical Machine”

A Dodged Bullet Can Always Come Back to Bite

Science and technology lay in their own realm. The combination of the two over time have created a force that truly has the potential to rival any way of thinking, crafted new approaches to certain problem solving methodologies, and even dictated what to believe in or put your faith behind. This includes the ability toContinue reading “A Dodged Bullet Can Always Come Back to Bite”

Is There Such Thing as Too Much Progress?

            The reason that powerful organizations would fear such machines is because these devices could innovate to challenge the technology and ideas currently in place. When speaking of Priestley’s innovations, it was said that, “He was riding the crest of a great dialectical wave… destroying all of the structures in its path.” (Johnson 151). Johnson alsoContinue reading “Is There Such Thing as Too Much Progress?”

Humans are Parasites: These and Other Light Conversational Topics to Enliven Any Dinner Party

By Emily Foss Governments and religions should fear air pumps and electrical machines. Well, maybe not all governments and religions, but the oppressive ones that seek to stifle the free-thinking among their electorates should. This is because an educated populace tends to be better at recognizing bullshit and are much more vocal with their criticisms when theyContinue reading “Humans are Parasites: These and Other Light Conversational Topics to Enliven Any Dinner Party”

From Air to Religion: Priestly’s Thirst for Knowledge

Governments and religions should fear air pumps and electrical machines because as seen in The Invention of Air, Priestly has an insatiable thirst for knowledge. His journey for technological quenching pushed him to explain the very mysticisms behind Christianity. Upon realization, however, that the religion lacked empirical evidence, Priestly couldn’t bring himself to lose faith (Johnson,Continue reading “From Air to Religion: Priestly’s Thirst for Knowledge”

Technology and Science: Improving Live While Threatening Power Systems

Governments and religion should fear air pumps and electrical machines because science reveals new knowledge that often contradicts what they establish. As we see with Joseph Priestly’s History of the Corruptions of Christianity, his original beliefs on Christianity were altered in light of new discoveries in science by himself. The publication caused a stir amongContinue reading “Technology and Science: Improving Live While Threatening Power Systems”

The dangerous consequences of discovery.

I was intrigued by how Priestly’s discovery was almost immediately put to military use, between spies for the french armies and even the American militia. Its terrifying and also very interesting how the invention of a simple molecule changed the way we fought wars. Because of this very event in our history, we were ableContinue reading “The dangerous consequences of discovery.”