Week 1_Two Cultures

 

Science and the arts have long been separated in human civilization; Snow talks about the geographic differences between scientists and non-scientists at the start of the 20th century. Today, however, he contests this bridge is much more passable, especially to the young. Art should be taught in scientific terms, taking into account human anatomy, the concepts of light and shadow, and the various technologies used to enhance one’s creation. For the young, science and art have the ability to seamlessly blend in the elementary classroom. No longer should individuals be restricted to one side of the spectrum; students should have the opportunity to excel in high school chemistry just as easily as art class (172).

 

Unfortunately, this division continues to persist. Individuals with scientific minds are frequently in another classification altogether than their peers. Snow argues this division may have permeated society to the point individuals are no longer able to bridge the gap successfully; he calls this a “disastrous process”. While specialization is traditionally viewed positively, in terms of one’s education, this can cause harm later in life. To become a well-rounded individual, one needs to incorporate teachings from art, science, and technology. Without such, one will not be properly equipped to face the challenges the world presents on a daily basis (172).

 

Snow, C.P. “ The Two Cultures”

 

By Junki Chae


 

 

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