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Bridging the Gap

As technological growth continues to be the catalyst of innovation in the 21st Century, it seems that less and less people are majoring and focusing on the humanities. You would be hard-pressed to find a college student who doesn’t have “Proficient in Excel” or something of that nature on their resume.  What you wouldn’t find on a typical resume is “Proficient in Ancient Greek” or “Short Story Specialist”–although either of those would both be very attractive as they are unique skills, it’s just not as practical in the real world. This shift towards technology is representative of our society as a whole. The “iPhone Era” has completely revolutionized the way people communicate with each other. It has become far too easy to meet people which lessens the value of a relationship. We need to re-establish literature into our communicative sphere and have meaningful discussions with one another outside of the classroom.

People don’t read the newspaper anymore. People may read the online articles, but physical copies are being phased out of our society. Yes, the prominent companies such as the Boston Globe and The New York Times are still standing, but even then, people would rather read the online articles. What does this say about us? We love our lives to be simplified with technology. That’s why people text rather than call, it’s easier. People are less apt to go out and buy a paperback book when they can buy it on a Kindle. The problem is that higher pieces of literature are sometimes only available in the paperback form and this is where people get left out of conversations. This is where I believe technology can come in and help bridge the gap between the two groups of people. If we can find a way to offer PDF versions of literary work to the public, advertise them, and make them look attractive to people in the tech field, we can help bring these two people together. At their core these two groups of people are innately different. Technology driven people are quantitative and like to answer questions. Literary people are the polar opposite, they are very articulate and like to be the ones asking the questions. I think that technology itself offers a solution to to people who are trying to bridge this gap.


Science Communication: The Coexistence of Science and Literature

The introduction of technology in the twenty-first century has undoubtedly led to the domination of science in all aspects of society. Our everyday lives have been characterized and revolutionized by these technological advancements. Tools like smartphones and smartwatches have fulfilled our biggest needs and desires, making our lives easier, better and more enjoyable. But does this dominance present as a threat to other realms, such as literature, which were once highly regarded as an integral part of society?

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The Two Cultures

In C.P. Snow’s The Two Cultures, he explains and describes the gap that lies between the sciences and humanities. I personally agree that there is a gap and that the two things are very much separate. Science and the humanities are very different, the ideas, concept, the way we think about the two subject matters are on opposite sides of the spectrum. They are both specialties in which people can excel at however in history you would have never seen a famous scientist converse ideas and new thoughts with a historian.  Continue reading

Scientific Knowledge and Culture

Scientific knowledge is separate from culture, however it does not have any special status. Science differs from culture simply in the research aspect of it. In the scientific world, research is a major aspect in every field of study. When performing research, a scientist must design a hypothesis and experiment to determine some natural phenomenon or how it works. This simple act alone of designing an experiment is what separates science from cultural aspects. The data collected by scientists, as well as the conclusions they reach connect them to the cultural and non-scientific world, however. The results of certain experiments are shared with the general population, which is the bridge between science and non-science cultures. These conclusions that are reached by certain scientists are shared, and they can affect the way people all over the world perceive our universe. The findings can also impact people’s beliefs, and the way they view the world around them.

An example of this is when astronomers are searching for new planets or exoplanets. The scientists are doing research, scouring the night sky via telescope to search for any signs of new stars that may have planets orbiting them. Once a new star has been located, then scientists check the star’s “habitable zone”. This is simply a region of space close enough to the star so that the planet will not be too hot or too cold for life to possibly form. Once a planet is discovered to be in this zone, then the planet itself is studied. If the planet seems to have characteristics similar to Earth, such as the same size and atmosphere, as well as the possibility of water, then it can be determined that there may be life on this far-away planet. Astronomers have found countless planets located in the habitable regions of their stars, however they are all much too far to reach with the technology we have now here on Earth.

Once planets such as Kepler-186f have been discovered, then scientists can share their discovery with the public, showing how life on other planets is entirely possible. This was the first exoplanet that was discovered and resembled Earth, with its location in the habitable zone and its rocky surface. When people learn of planets possibly like our own that may be able to host life, it can completely alter their perspective of the universe. Scientists are constantly able to challenge our idea of the impossible, and research being performed today holds no exception. The bridge created by scientists help to unify the scientific world with the non-scientific, which demonstrates the idea of two cultures coming together to understand and appreciate general knowledge. This knowledge affects the entire population of people on Earth, so it only makes sense for many different people in many different areas of study to be informed on these new ideas and discoveries.

Scientific Advancement in the Twenty-First Century

The two cultures of sciences and humanities, in my eyes, are indeed separate. It is hard to compare the processes of sciences with those of the humanities since the two share not a lot in common. For example, ask a historian if he knows what the acceleration due to gravity on any object is and he may stare back at you with a befuddled glare. When in reality, this question to nearly any scientist is one of the most elementary level – equivalent to asking a historian, perhaps, what two sides fought in the Civil War. To the knowing mind, these questions seem so basic that it is a waste of time to even ask them. However, to a scholar in a field contrary to that in which the question is derived, such a simple question might cause some trouble in a response.

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Sciecne is Culture

Scientific knowledge is a vital aspect of any culture regardless of when or where. In history scientific knowledge as even been know to shape certain cultures. For example the scientific revolution basically created its own culture within the science community. Outside of the community science created it also shaped and warped many other. People began to think differently about their everyday lives and these new theories and ideologies even changed the way the church at the time handled religion. Today there are countless examples where science shapes certain cultures. Science has shaped many cultures today due to the dependency of technology.

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Being a part of a group or clique is something most people experience throughout their lives. These groups can be determined by many things, such as sports team, academic interests, social interests, and mutual hobbies. But to what extent do these groups become exclusive and look intimidating from the outside?  Continue reading

Bridging the Two Cultures

In C.P. Snow’s Two cultures, the humanities and sciences are compared and contrasted in the realm of the 20th and 21st centuries. His literary style clearly seems to favor the sciences, and the importance of historical research and literature are often left in the shadows. To bridge the sciences and humanities, it is crucial to create a core educational curriculum that conveys the importance of a hybrid relationship between scientific progress and historical knowledge. To pave the way for a bright future, one must know the mistakes of the past.

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