The Two Cultures has ratings and 87 reviews. The culture of science and the culture of humanities cannot be united because they I don't meet many mathematicians, scientists or technicians who are into poetry or literature generally. We consider whether the intellectual division between the humanities and the sciences identified by CP Snow in the s persists today. The Two Cultures is the first part of an influential Rede Lecture by British scientist and novelist C. P. Snow. Its thesis was that "the intellectual life of the whole of western society" was split into the titular two cultures – namely the sciences and the humanities – and that.
The premise, that mankind was dividing into two separate and non-communicating communities of arts and science, didn't seem revolutionary then.
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The poles still exist today, but are even less evident among the many other polarizations in current culture: From the vantage point of fifty years of actual observation, the polarizations persist not because they are natural but b I read this the original, published in in college. From the vantage point of fifty years of actual observation, the polarizations persist not because they are natural but because they are convenient.
Humans seem to thrive in "us and them" dichotomies. We make jokes about them: There may be scientists certainly engineers who have no artistic impulse, but also many more who do.
And people straddle divides every day, even as they may identify with this or that community. Robert Frost was right. Firstly, as noted above, the real intellectual class, the Left of literature, art, and academia, shares the optimism of scientists. This is the case for one obvious reason, that neither group believes in the Judeo-Christian biblical world view, most specifically the belief that Man is Fallen, is by nature sinful.
It is this belief, more than any other, that undergirds the pessimistic conservative intellectualism that Snow was apparently bothered by.
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But this is a decidedly minority view and became more so with every passing year of the 20th Century. In fact, the shallow optimism of the intellectuals of the Left and of scientists had largely prevailed by the time Snow wrote--as witness the triumph of communism, socialism, and liberalism across the globe.
Even today, it is basically only in the U. S the West's last Christian nationthat there exists a vibrant and powerful conservative movement, but it is significant that America is the exception because it proves the conservatives to have been on the right side of this cultural divide.
We need only look at the social pathologies that the Industrial Revolution and the Scientific Age unleashed--crime, violence, illegitimacy, deviancy, drugs, etc. We need only look at the basket case that the Communist worlds became to see how mistaken Snow was about the inevitability of industrialization improving peoples' lives.
We need only look at the education levels achieved in places like the Soviet Union and Cuba to realize that no amount of education can compensate for a misguided political philosophy.
We need only look at America's stubborn resistance to the worst excesses of the optimists and our corresponding predominance in the political and economic realms to realize how closely that success has been tied to the conservative pessimism that is built into our very system of government.
The great educational task turns out not to be getting conservatives to understand why they should be optimistic, but instead to teach scientific and Leftist utopians why they should be at least skeptical of their own optimism.
Snow did though tip toe right up to the edge of a profound truth in his metaphor of the two cultures. Because while the scientists and the intellectuals now we speak of the real intellectuals, those of the Left share a common optimism, they do not any longer have any way of communicating with each other and, more importantly, neither any longer communicates with the rest of us.
Once or twice I have been provoked and have asked the company how many of them could describe the Second Law of Thermodynamics. The response was cold: Yet I was asking something which is the scientific equivalent of: Have you read a work of Shakespeare 's? So the great edifice of modern physics goes up, and the majority of the cleverest people in the western world have about as much insight into it as their neolithic ancestors would have had.
By contrast, Snow said, German and American schools sought to prepare their citizens equally in the sciences and humanities, and better scientific teaching enabled these countries' rulers to compete more effectively in a scientific age. Later discussion of The Two Cultures tended to obscure Snow's initial focus on differences between British systems of both schooling and social class and those of competing countries.
Leavis called Snow a "public relations man" for the scientific establishment in his essay Two Cultures?: