According to Harari, science, empire and capitalism are very closely connected. One great example that he details is the cook expedition. One sentence that explains this expedition well is “But, since it was funding such an expensive expedition, it hardly made sense to use it to make just one astronomical observation.” (Harari, pg. 276) This is the basis of the connection between science, empire and capitalism. Many voyages started out with goals of scientific exploration but the essential ingredient in exploration is money. When money is involved so are people and politics. When Cook set out he was accompanied by eighty-five soldiers. This eventually led to the occupation of Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand, and parts of the Pacific Ocean. The basis of British Occupation of the world formed from the combination of science, empire and capitalism.
I agree with Harari and how he relates progress to science, empire and capitalism. As Harari states “science began to solve one unsolvable problem after another.” (Harari, pg. 264) This connection between progress and science has led humans to great inventions and discoveries. As humans “progress” we discover new ideas that help further progress the human population. This also connects to money because without money people would be more limited in research areas. This leads to a system we have now, in which “billions start flowing from governments and business coffers into labs and universities.” (Harari, pg. 272) This trifecta relation started at the beginning of the scientific revolution and still continues strong today.