Initial Thoughts

Sinead Maharaj/ Thank you for the invitation to join a great forum. The discussion on the convergence of Science and Art is a personal interest of mine, that inspires my work.

To enter this dialogue, I will refer to my  initial difficulty,  that of how the pedagogy has defined the disciplines of Art and Science, as two very seperate ways of thinking.  The pedagogy positions our minds to differentiate each discipline, as completely separate. Science is sold to students as the positioning of  facts, with evidence to support, making something true or false. Art is positioned as creative thought processes. Through the pedagogy we learn a specific index for both, and tell students they are inclined to think in one way or the other.  In the discussion to converge the two disciplines, I guess I ask, why Science and Art are treated as completely different containers in the first place? If we comprehend a world in an amalgamation of science and art, (along with other differentiating disciplines) why do we create a pedagogy that perpetuates a society in which we define science and art so differently from one another?


One Reply to “Initial Thoughts”

  1. Observation is the root of these two powerful ways of modeling human experience. It is an internalized process of melding memory, sensory data and symbols into a whole. When looking at a Da Vinci drawing we see his “experience” of the skull or the vascular system. His drawings communicate the immediacy and empathetic quality of his observations . Just like most of us can “read” facial expressions and body language, Da Vinci speaks to us across the years with his visual probity.

    The same can be said of Santiago Ramon y Cajal’s drawings of neurons and brain architecture observed through a microscope. We see the emphasis and delineation particulars of his descriptions.

    We have expanded our observations of nature with “artificial eyes” that see into deep space/time and make the very small available for contemplation.

    Maybe trans-humanism’s offer of sensory extension and integrated consciousness will remove the carefully constructed walls that exist.

    Max More says, “Art in the twenty-first century may come to constitute a form of mediation between human and post-human consciousness, just as in past cultures it has been used to mediate between mankind and the gods.”

    My own inclination is to invoke E.O. Wilson’s idea of “consilience” where the start point is an embrace of intellectual unity found through the convergence of modeling observations.
    Ed Kerns

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