Unit 6 Post 2 – Snow – Andrew Denny

Scientific Theories Recognized:

  • General Relativity
  • Evolution by Natural Selection
  • Heliocentrism
  • Plate Tectonics

Scientific Experiments Recognized

  • Gregor Mendel Cultivates Genetics
  • Madame Curie’s Work Matters
  • Ian Pavlov Salivates at the Idea

Snow

!  – “On the other hand, the scientists believe that the literary intellectuals are totally lacking in foresight, peculiarly unconcerned with their brother men, in a deep sense anti-intellectual, anxious to restrict both art and thought to the existential moment.”

I found this interesting because it shows the skepticism between the fields at the time of writing. I don’t view the humanities and literature as something that “restrict[s] both art and thought.” In my opinion, the work of literary intellectuals explores differing perspectives of questions and experiences that all humans experience. To read this description of the field of humanities, it signaled that the fields were more separate than I expected.

? – “Describe the Second Law of Thermodynamics. The response was cold: it was also negative. Yet I was asking something which is about the scientific equivalent of: Have you read a work of Shakespeare”

This quote jumped out at me because it encapsulated the point that Snow was trying to make throughout the essay. This quote boils down the disconnect between scientists and literary intellectuals into one sentence. Currently attending a liberal arts college, I found this to be very interesting point. Does the concept of liberal arts do an adequate job at addressing the American obsession with education specialization?

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