Modernizing, Sciencizing, Rationalizing Knowledge in Africa

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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. 

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