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Lecture 7

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Environmental Studies
Course Code
ENVS 1000
Professor
Peter Timmerman

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11/6/2013 11:21:00 AM The Birth of Modern Science/ Abstraction of Nature  Our worldview ->Modernity is a construct built some 500 yrs ago. Today‟s Questions: What is the changing role of technology as a contributor to the rise of the West? What‟s different about the modern view of the environmental /natural world? Movement from the Medieval View  Human power was the most important kind of power. Not dealing with high levels of technology 1) The beginnings of modern technology: improving the harnessing of natural energy use.  The horse: The beginning of harnessing power in a more effective way. Medieval knights were some of the first to harness the power of the stirrup during battle (b/c they could stay on and use them longer).  Armor was developed b/c the horses could now be used as a war vehicle. As a result Feudalism is created and ordered around Medieval Knights.  Another example: the Horse collar (prevented chocking).  Water & Wind: Ex. the Syrian Watermill (used the flow of water to turn the wheel that is grinding wheat, etc.). Windmills: used in a similar manner, especially to grind grains.  Meanwhile: in China, many modern technologies were being invented and traveled the „Great silk road.‟ o Why did the scientific revolution not happen in China? (there are various theories)  Europe was in constant warfare and China was much more monolithic.  China‟s experimentation was “top-down” – stopped and started… had strange qualities (lacking scientific culture)  China‟s commitment to analogic (logically fallacy where things that resemble other things are connected to them)– logics of analogy and rese
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