I've become addicted to the English quiz show QI, mostly because of the physicist Brian Cox. He's adorable and brilliant, two things I like in a man.
I was reading his bio and thought it was interesting that he was a musician, with a number one record, before becoming famous as a scientist.
It made me recall an article I'd read a few years back about Ann McKee, the neruopathologist. In the article I read she discussed how her training as a painter helped her see the patterns in damaged brain tissue.
And of course, there's di Vinci.
It seems that that art is considered a waste of time, educationally speaking, by many people.
I think science becomes pretty sterile without art.
Do you think art has a place in science?
Do you think we're selling ourselves short by pushing science in education while we devalue art?
Can you think of other artists/scientists?
Is QI a popular program in England?
I think some of the issues come from modern art.
I never really understood the random splash paint so called works of art where the artist takes the brush and just splatters paint randomly allowing it to do what ever happens naturally. No thought, no control, no inspiration just random color use. I never understood it.
Then it gets even more wild like placing a lobster on top of a telephone? Really? I might have a disconnect but I am an artist myself and I don't understand these random meshes of objects to be considered artistic.
The same with music. Music within the last 20 years has become completely deprived of soul. I find it difficult to listen to any of it. Yet they still want to be considered artists. No one is going to even remember these "artists" another ten or twenty years from now. It will be one of those questions, hey you remember such and such.. oh yeah! wow completely forgot about them..
Science is reliable because it has built within it the ability to adapt to new data and correct mistakes or errors. Art really doesn't have this ability to adapt, it seems to follow trends which are built upon nothing more than one person making a claim and the rest of the flock follow as if it were a divine mandate.
Art does delve into the abstract as I mentioned, where it can distort reality or completely transcend it but science isn't about transcending reality, it's about picking out reality and making it predictable.
Both have their merits but both have their charlatans and abusers.
On a side note I love the show QI and I have been getting into other similar shows. I also like 9 out of 10 cats does countdown. Rachel Riley is amazing at maths.