The term rave has a lot of meanings. I would like to concentrate on two of its informal meanings to talk about the scientific revolution. A rave may be an extremely enthusiastic recommendation or appraisal of someone or something. Or a rave may be a lively party or gathering involving dancing. Using the two meanings I want to bring out just how important the scientific revolution was.
Sitting down and listening to professor Dan Cohen speak about the scientific revolution you get nothing but positive concerning the whole thing. Zero criticism and full of praises of how it outshines everything since the rise of Christianity. He carefully questions vital issue that any learned individual would like to ask. Just how scientific was the revolution and how unique it was? He circles around this questions but still takes you back to just how important of a process it was to be able to be deemed ‘classical’. The scientific revolution has won from Professor Cohen.
The leaders who rallied to see the end of apartheid, the troops that actually went in to take out Bin Laden, the police officers who stayed honest to see the cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar brought down. I see these people as revolutionaries. I place them high up the ranks with the likes of Descartes and Bacon. Because their actions were ‘classical’, they ended reigns of terror, anguish and death. I rave for such people just as Professor Cohen raves for Aristotle and Galileo.
We live in times were young people value going out over the weekends. They strive to make their Friday’s and Saturday nights out unforgettable and special. A rave! A lively party, one that regardless of whatever will be permanent in memory. Timeless moments that whenever somebody brings it up, the visual of the event will be strong in everyone’s minds. I see the scientific revolution in the same fashion. The mention of it calls for respect and acknowledgment.