Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Religion and Science

The issue of science versus religion became more prevalent as the transformation of the western mind occurred. The distinctions between science and intuition evolved into a crisis. Science was harder to teach and harder to understand at this point because science became more abstract. The world reached the point where no one person could obtain all knowledge. Despite the battle of rationality in science, science was on the rise with new areas of study established. Organized religion and abstract modes of thought were left behind in the western world. Science was transforming the western world.
All of society grew into a more rational mindset. Science can be thought of as part of our foundation for progress and opportunity. A cycle was created of science creating progress, progress requiring science, and on and on. Because science was on the rise, more people were into science, more funding was put into it, and there was a higher population of both students and teachers. Science became the primary mode of growth through technology, communication, military, etc. The core and periphery nations can be more or less distinguished by the advancement of their sciences.
Globalization's relation to science is one of much importance, I feel. Transportation, communication and military are a few examples of how science can implement globalization. On the other hand, globalization is able to affect science by providing ample opportunity for discovery and research. With the study of languages and new modes of communication, researchers are able to gain information from those of other cultures including, for example, experts in a certain field of science. It also provides the option to find funding or location for new studies, new discoveries, new experiments. Science ties all cultures together because even though the battle between science and religion continues, every country has science, and it is the same everywhere. It is common ground for all of humanity.

1 comment:

  1. I agree that globalization has given many countries the benefit to share there technological advancements for various reasons of efficiency, and those advancements help tie many cultures together. One comment I do not agree with is that "every country has science, and it is the same everywhere." There are so many countries in this world that don't have enough to sustain life much less worry about the rise of technology. The periphery and core countries are the only countries that can claim at least partial advancements, but even in the periphery there are issues of no technology. I wish globalization meant that every country benefited b/c then we would have a lot less foreign affairs to deal with in politics.