Saturday, May 02, 2009

The Science of Religion and the Religion of Science


This is an interesting article on the Two Cultures (C P Snow). The author is a philosopher and dislikes being told by a mathematician that he should be able to explain the shallowness of philosophy in a few sentences, while the mathematician lives in a very technical, and difficult world only accessible to an elite few. It is likely that alot of philosophy and literary theory are shallow, but the case is also true for alot of mathematics. One can ask why one needs 2 cultures (or more, such as the actual non-theoretical artistic set of creations) and how the allocation of interests is achieved, by biological processes or cultural norms.

One can compare this with fields such as neuroscience of decisionmaking, which is applied by market researchers and business school professors (who have to teach 'what da bizness is' ('14 and up') ) to justify their particular allocation of social resources.

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