Principe’s pessimism is a bit exaggerated but nonetheless, important. He exaggerates the problem of the diminished role of the search for the divine in science, something that has gone to the wayside in our growing secular world. The need for science to be influenced by religion is not as much of an importance now as it was then. Even then, the influence of religion was just as much of a cultural expectation in the early days of the Scientific Revolution as it was an individual driving force for the members of the movement. This is not to say that the mix of religion and science is not important; the search for the divine through research and experimentation holds importance in every culture and every time. It is just not the end all-be all of science. Principe’s criticism of the specialization of modern science is valid however. The emphasis on scientific practice as a theoretical concept has become less important as scientific study is often used as a technological innovator in our world. The study of humanities is a good bridge between this world and the science world. It can help us think of science as a means to understand our world, not just a way to develop products better and faster. This conceptual study of science does not have to be limited by the theological either. It can still be applicable in a secular world.
Question: What kinds of applications can science have in the world of the humanities and the arts?