Josh Wolfe @wolfejosh VC, entrepreneur, fund manager @Lux_Capital; Chair @CiPrep Coney Island Prep; Trustee @SfiScience Santa Fe Inst; CoFounder of Carson, Quinn & Bodhi w/ @ltwolfe Jul. 03, 2019 1 min read

1/ Why wasn’t SCIENCE (the method, process) invented in CHINA?

Provocative, well-researched, self-aware, tentative aggregation of reasons

A few findings... 

2/ After a super quick run through of several centuries of philosophy on observations, reasoning, induction, deduction, falsifiability, skepticism, empiricism...

Interesting tidbit on CHINA dependence on MUSLIM astronomers in the 14th century (contrary to today’s persecution)

3/ the possibility of ABSENCE of
-networks of scholars
-common core language rooted in Latin that helped Europe exchange ideas;
-cultural intellectual freedom for conjecture + refutation—debate + dispute

4/ the possibility of the ASBENCE of legal revolution that in Europe saw separation of church + state (with ‘safe spaces’ autonomously legally protected — vs China having homogenous centralized rule not allowing for questioning authority (a tenet of SCIENCE)

5/ Other possibilities include political + geographic fragmentation (vs a unified China); economic freedom—and a whole host of other provocative questions.

Super fascinating topic that does not lend itself to just simply naive wrong ‘Great Wall of china’ walled China off.

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