Discuss/explain why an understanding of the Scientific Revolution is important for an understanding of philosophy. 

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The Scientific Revolution, besides establishing the procedures for experimentation and hypothesis testing, etc., made a strong case for practical, empirical epistemologies (ways of knowing)—that is, among the various approaches to a philosophical worldview, a logical cause-and-effect approach, called pragmatism, seemed to conform to scientific “proofs” best, and such approaches as archetypal models, or intuitive or soul-based beliefs, emotional connections, Idealism, and the like, seemed to reduce to religious philosophies not answerable to the new scientific principles.  In other words, for example, if blood flow and heart muscles could explain why we have a physical reaction to the opposite sex, when our “heart skips a beat”, then such philosophical statements as “the universe wants us to be together” lose their “raison d’etre.”  Philosophy is not a science, but the discussion and analysis of human worldviews are constantly challenged by a “scientific” mindset forged during the Scientific Revolution.  My grandmother, when we landed on the moon, said “We always thought the angels lived there.”