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ERIC Number: EJ1099052
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1938-9809
Preferential States of the Dichotomy of Human Nature: Art and Science
Legaspi, John G. Thomas Amador
Forum on Public Policy Online, v2007 n3 Sum 2007
It is essential that the roots of the division in western culture presented by CP Snow's "Two Cultures" be examined in order to view their many present day ramifications and solutions. The purpose of this paper is to explore the dichotomy of our artistic and scientific origins biologically, socially, economically, spiritually and emotionally. This will also bring into question the validity of these preferential attitudes. Is this division an empirical shared realty or more of a perceived orchestrated reality? By examining these origins and the subsequent paths leading to the contemporary state in western culture one may perhaps be able to focus on the benefits of striking a balance between the arts and sciences in our educational systems as well as in our daily lives. This reflection on our dual nature hopes to shed some light on the principals of our universal connections and solutions in our multi-layered human existence. As a visual artist and art educator, I will also illustrate this division or lack thereof throughout past and contemporary art examples. The culture that Snow talks about carries itself many questions as to exactly who he is talking about. The multiplicity in our society is so diverse that it is hard to classify Snow's definition of culture. For the sake of this paper I will try to loosely target the mainstream of western culture. A familiar eastern axiom speaks of the parts of a whole as being crucial aspects to a complete unity. It is prefaced by the prudent warning that no part is greater than their sum. If the arts and the sciences analogously are the parts to a complete scope of humanity, segmenting and elevating one over the other will fragment our perspective and render humanity's heirs unfortunately incomplete.
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