The Future Of Innovation - Sapere Aude!

Mr Luis Frausto

During the 17th century, some European philosophers started challenging the ideas and teachings of traditional Christian theology, indirectly defying the powers of the Catholic Church (firmly established long before medieval times). As a result, a fusion of intellect formed a new way of thinking which began a revolution of thought, overthrowing the authority of the Church and forming a trend of expanding knowledge.

Not too long before, Copernicus proved men did not live at the center of the universe (Revolutionibus orbium caelestium, 1543). Later, Newton established the universe no longer as a mystery but an intricate lawful machine (Philosophiæ naturalis principia mathematica, 1687). Among others, these two important innovations of thought became milestones in the history of scientific knowledge and progress.

After two millennia of Ptolemaic geocentricism and Aristotelian divine motion, a brand new paradigm of thought was more than just necessary. And this paradigm was then able to welcome a whole new era in the history of mankind known as, "The Enlightenment" (this new era then became the most knowledgeable ever).

In September of 1784, in Prussia, Immanuel Kant wrote, "Enlightenment is man's emergence from his self-imposed immaturity. Immaturity is the inability to use one's understanding without guidance from another. This immaturity is self-imposed when its cause lies not in lack of understanding, but in lack of resolve and courage to use it without guidance from another. SAPERE AUDE! [dare to know]. 'Have courage to use your own understanding!', that is the motto of enlightenment." 

Finally, Darwin came on the scene to tell the world that men were not angels but the product of an evolutionary process, and to most human beings' amazement, chimpanzees were our closest living relatives! (On the Origin of Species, 1859) 

By then, all had seriously changed. Thanks to the innovation of thought of the times, we were not Semi-Gods, after all. 

In 1966, Peter F. Drucker argued that knowledge had become the central, key resource that knows no geography. In 1999, the truly revolutionary impact of the Information Revolution was just beginning to be felt. Today, the global society is moving from that information lattice into the Knowledge Era. And, it's happening at a very rapid rate. In our present and in our future, our legacy of innovation will not be the innovation of computers, decision-making, policymaking, or strategy. It will be all about knowledge!

What for people in the 17th century, attainment of knowledge was through a seemingly impenetrable wall (the Church); today a similar wall is represented as a set of old and outdated ideas and beliefs that exist with all nations. We must once again infuse our intellectual endeavors with a new way of thinking.

The human race must apply innovation and discard the (many) false expectations and outdated paradigms. For now and forever, humanity needs innovation, as only through innovation and expansion of our knowledge will we able to form our legacy.

We must dare to know, we must dare to innovate.


Article © 2012 Mr Luis Frausto. All rights reserved.

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Mr Luis Frausto

affiliation:   DVM

position:  Founder

country:  Mexico

area of interest:  Knowledge, innovation, research, science

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