Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Progression of Science

This section was about the time period leading into the war. Science was progressing and religion lost much attention just as we made the move from agriculture to industry. Math and logic became more abstract. Science grew as an industry and as a mode of thought even though it was harder to teach and harder to learn. It was not possible anymore for one person to know everything, so experts in specific fields grew increasingly prevalent. More people became interested in science as the field opened up to include: psychology, sociology, technology, physics, medicine and others. More opportunities arose in the workforce for people interested in science. Because of progression in communication, transportation, and all other technology advances, science was able to become global. The western portion of the world took nicely to the conversion from religion to science, but the eastern hemisphere was still founded on religion and remained in its ways for the most part. The transformation of the western mind eventually evolved into a revolution that brought about distinguishing factors between core and periphery countries. Imperialism thrived on science with military and technology advancements.

It's hard to imagine what life would be like if this transformation into a more rational mindset had never occurred. The debate of science versus religion is an everlasting argument that has forced me to reconsider what I believe should be the focus or foundation for a society. It's interesting to think about the overlap of science and religion in society and in government.

I also found the cycle of science and society affecting each other and progressing each other to be interesting. Science creates progress; progress requires more science; more people were developing interest in science, creating more teaching, learning, and job opportunities.

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