The Discovery of Ignorance



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This week we began the fourth and last part of this course, “The Scientific Revolution“.  It is dedicated to the scientific revolution and its political, social, and economic implications.  The first lecture in this part of the course is entitled “The Discovery of Ignorance“.  The process of human unification was completed during the last 500 years. At the same time, there has been an explosive growth in the power of humankind due, above all, to the discoveries of modern science. Humankind has become increasingly convinced that the only thing that limits its power is its own ignorance, and that the discovery of new knowledge can enable it to do almost anything.  This lecture looks at how the modern scientific tradition is different from all previous traditions of knowledge and what accounts for its sudden rise and unparalleled achievements.

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