The Political Economy of American science

  • Alex Dajkovic


The aims of the scientific endeavor are straightforward: theoretical explication of the natural world.  Science is one expression of a basic human yearning for understanding as old as consciousness, seminal indications of its existence being found in the earliest civilizations.  Intellectual progress, however, coalesced in Europe in the period preceding the Enlightenment and gave rise to a new way of studying the cosmos.  The Scientific Revolution, as this intellectual leap has been termed, has had mixed effects.  On the one hand, scientific achievement has advanced in many dimensions, giving us a fresh appreciation of the depth of reality in which we take part and which we are co-constructing.

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