Comparisons of the Natural World

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Illiwa Baldwin CH 202.1305 Jeff Auer March 5 2012 Comparisons of the Natural World Up until the 17th Century, an understanding of the natural world and how it operates was very limited and the general consensus was that there was God, and all things were created by him in a hierarchical order that sustained the balance of man. Although these Gods varied between ethnicities and religions, the general idea of a creator is consistent. However, with the extent of experiences and experimentation of Galileo, Bacon and Newton, the world was able to explore a new realm of reality in scientific discovery and analysis. Although the works of Galileo, Bacon and Newton can be compared with each other in regard to the idea of experimentation and…show more content…
Francis Bacon is better known for his theories that man will better understand nature if he uses the mind as a tool rather than rely entirely on scientific discovery. It is Bacon that attempts to connect the science and understanding of the physical world with society. Bacon’s Novum Organum lists a series of aphorisms by which man should abide by in order to attain a better understanding of the natural world. These aphorisms are a guide to accepting science as the entire truth of the natural world. His writings are peculiar because he lays down these guidelines and within them there seems to be a constant message that instructs doubt in scientific experimentation, where Bacon himself is a scientist that utilizes the use of experimentation and scientific method. Moreover, he outlines the four classes of “idols” that effect the thought and minds of man, “I have assigned names, calling the first class Idols of the Tribe; the second, Idols of the cave; the third, Idols of the Marketplace; the fourth, Idols of the Theatre” (TOM 29). The first idol describes the need for man to “distort and discolor” nature by enforcing his own nature upon it. This idol can be seen constantly throughout scientists’ research as they constantly draw their own conclusions upon constant experimentation, much like the works of

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