Prompt: The early modern view of “the connected world” (ch. 2) is an example of a large-scale conceptual scheme. See if you can describe this worldview in your own words. Are there any parts of it still present in contemporary science? (See p. 38 for some suggestions—try to expand on these or come up with your own examples.)
While reading about the early modernists belief in a “connected world,” one word kept popping into my mind: synecdoche. The literary term “synecdoche” refers to the use of one part to represent a whole or a whole to represent one part. I thought the idea of a “connected world” really tied into this concept. Viewing individual parts in context of a whole and vice versa exemplifies a connected world. Today the practice of “holistic wellness” within the medical field preserves the idea of the connected world in modern science. Instead of just treating the symptoms of a certain illness, physicians take into consideration the effect of the illness on the whole person. Yes, they treat the physical but they also concern themselves with the psychological and emotional impact physical wellness or lack of wellness can have on the patient. This draws on the idea of the connected world.
Question: What widely believed concepts today will be contested and revolutionized in the future?