Unit 2: Assignment 1-River Meng

The early modern scholars believed in the interconnectedness of every element in the world. Influenced by the neoplatonists and Aristotle, they believed that everything in the world exists for a purpose and the ultimate purpose of knowledge is to define objects in the context of their relationships to other objects. Under this grand conceptual scheme, the early modern scholars created a system to connect the knowledge of God, humanity, and nature. Some of the early modern scholars even ventured to not only learn but to control the connections between various elements, which were formerly believed to be only God’s power. Through practical applications such as alchemy, biology and astronomy, these scholars pioneered in the realm of science. 

Though centuries have passed since the Scientific Revolution, we can still find residues of the belief in a cosmically interconnected world in present day academic world. Take politics for example. The politics of a specific area is always a complicated issue. It is always a mixed result of history, economic interest, natural resources, and the ideologies of that region. So if one wants to master the politics of a region, he/she will have to master all these aforementioned subjects. And thinking from a different angle, politics also serve as a venue to combine these different branches of knowledge. 

How did the psychology(mindset) of a period influence the scientific progress of that time period?

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