When early modern philosophers observed the natural world, they saw “the physical universe tightly interwoven with one another”(Principe, 21) as one interconnected world. In my understanding, these early thinkers gave meaning to every occurrence because they believed God created the universe. With God as a creator, every human being was seen as having a meaningful and significant existence that contributes to the cosmos. Presently, the approaches at explaining the world are less inclusive and more dividing. While contemporary science is able to explain physical phenomena with greater accuracy as it is no longer rooted in religion, it promotes an image of a splintered world where people feel as if everything is a mathematical calculation instead of purposeful. However, there are still a few aspects of the “connected world” (Principe, 21) today, such as the Feminist Movement that unites women globally from all backgrounds. Another example of people working together across the globe is the movement for accessible water. The UN along with other civil rights international organizations are hard at work trying to repair old bonds and unite global citizens to combat inequality. These are the movements needed to revive a person’s sense of belonging.
Both Principe and Professor Thompson highlighted the importance of making new observations and testing hypotheses. If we are compliant with the social construction of contemporary scientific beliefs, then what are we currently ignoring that could be impactful and what have we accepted as fact that could be fiction?