11/9/2013 9:38:00 AM
The Birth of Modern Science/ Abstraction of Nature
Our worldview ->Modernity is a construct built some 500 yrs ago.
What is the changing role of technology as a contributor to the rise of the
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
Armor was developed b/c the horses could now be used as a war
vehicle. As a result Feudalism is created and ordered around
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
China‟s experimentation was “top-down” – stopped and
started… had strange qualities (lacking scientific
China‟s commitment to analogic (logically fallacy where
things that resemble other things are connected to them)– logics of analogy and rese