Modernizing, Sciencizing, Rationalizing Knowledge in Africa


An evolution in thought is required to move from habitual and traditional to rational modes of thinking and from customary or routine knowledge to creative, inventive and productive knowledge.  Static pre-scientific or un-scientific knowledge could be transformed into powerful techno-scientific knowledge to support modern scientific worldviews, mindsets and mentalities. 


Pre-modern knowledge societies (totemic-animic) could grow into dynamic knowledge societies and economies, while pre-modern views, visions and stances could progress into modern, if not ‘heretical’ outlooks.  Long-established indigenous or local knowledge could be upgraded into scientifically-verified knowledge.  Personalized, deified and privatized states could evolve into participative and inclusive democratic enterprises and a democratization of power and knowledge. 


Similarly, traditional agricultural knowledge, for its part - in addition to being infused with modern techno-scientific knowledge - could progress from being somewhat enchanted, superstitious, blessed and magic to being more profane, controlled, godless, desanctified, desacralized and disenchanted - (common rain-making rituals, numerous religious holidays, long religious fasting, over-sacred lands, holy waters, eco-spiritualities, etc.). ‘Prayers’, as popular agricultural inputs, may have limited efficiency.  In this regard, disintegrated, unorganized or fractioned agricultural knowledge could be organized in structured knowledge constellations, such as mission-oriented green revolution techno-scientific knowledge clusters.