Week 5: Midterm Blog Carmin Pelayo

In retrospect, the last four weeks have continually attempted to link two of the most separated subjects; art and science.  There are many that believe they are on opposite ends of the spectrum, that focus, especially when it comes to education, should be more centered on science and math, leading to modern day budget problems with funding for art programs decreasing at alarming rates. In week one, one of the greater debates was if people should be expected to know scientific properties on an equal basis as they should know art pieces and works of literature. Cp Snow made the comparison that saying “I know the Second Law of Thermodynamics” should be equivalent to saying “I have read a play of Shakespeare’s.”

                Through this we also came to realize that apart from all of this, stereotypes further separating the two (such as the starving artist and the mad scientist) exist everywhere, even on our own campus. If you observe  the university everything that was covered can be seen; the whole difference between north campus and south campus, along with the fact that the university invests over 75 percent of its funding on science-related areas and less than about 5 percent on art, architecture, theater and film. Yet the more we got into the quarter, the greater relevance art and science had. An example would be the emergence of mathematical proportions and patterns in various works of art such as lines of perspective and the use of the golden ratio.

                With the further integration of art and science came the use of creativity to increase the productivity of machines. However, with greater productivity came the ability to replicate at a greater rate what used to be one-of-a-kind masterpieces. These robots didn’t only serve these purposes, once seen as being able to do only angular interrupted movements. They can now be made to have flowing dance routines.

                The new-found use for robots allowed for greater evolvement with such precise movements, they were incorporated in various jobs though to be only possibly done by people. You can now have your open heart surgery done by a robot whose programming is the same as that used in a robot on an assembly line making a car.

                However, I believe that the underlying purpose of this class, as well as the underlying purposes involved in the movement to fuse science and art, is to learn to combine them in the best way to help better society. This is also the purpose of my project.  With something as fundamental as your health, as much advances

                One of the most popular sayings in American is “two heads are better than one.”

                We need to begin to see art and science as more than opposites. When combined, you get the best of both worlds, and, upon combining them, the infinite knowledge of science and the endless creativity of art can create possibilities to help the world. The possibilities created by this combination are incalculable.  

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