Re: art&science

From: Natasha Vita-More (
Date: Wed Apr 12 2000 - 19:38:59 MDT

At 10:36 AM 4/12/00 EDT, Replicant wrote:

>So this vocabulary is a *learned* vocabulary. Learned when one works in that
>mode or carefully examines art's inner working, I see.
>I would posit that many are not aware of said vocabulary, nor take the time
>to research it. If I had never read anything on science and did not know
>vocabulary I might be prone to assert that it's vocabulary did not exist?

You are correct.

It's disappointing that many people don't take the time to learn areas of
study outside their own circle of skills, but those who do certainly are
attractive thinkers. I think this is what I appreciate about Vinge or
Minsky. While Vinge writes SF, Minsky's musical prowess gives depth to his
science. Ray Kurzweil is another person who has such talents. I also
admire those whose primary skill is in the arts and who also excel in
various areas of engineering such as Karl Sims, Herbie Hancock and Laurie
Anderson; or artists who grok biotechnology! Whether or not one can apply
skills is less important right now than *understanding* the biotechnologies
*and* aesthetics.

>Kind of like how religions viewed science at first...


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