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The Enlightenment was the product of a vast set of cultural and intellectual changes in Europe durin

The Enlightenment was the product of a vast set of cultural and intellectual changes in Europe durin

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The Enlightenment was the product of a vast set of cultural and intellectual changes in  Europe during the 1500s and 1600s—changes that in turn produced the social values  that permitted the Enlightenment to sweep through Europe in the late 1600s and 1700s.  One of the most important of these changes was the  Scientific Revolution  of the  1500s and 1600s. During the Scientific Revolution, European thinkers tore down the  flawed set of “scientific” beliefs established by the ancients and maintained by the  Church. To replace this flawed knowledge, scientists sought to discover and convey the  true laws governing the phenomena they observed in nature. Although it would take centuries to develop, the Scientific Revolution began near the  end of the  Middle Ages , when farmers began to notice, study, and record those  environmental conditions that yielded the best harvests. In time, curiosity about the 
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