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To what extent do you consider these stereotypes accurate, and to what extent do you consider them distortions of the ways in which the sciences and the arts give us their knowledge?

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Jane Kwong 1679 words Popular stereotypes frequently present the scientist and the artist as extreme opposites in their pursuit of understanding- the scientist as being objective, disciplined and rational, and artist as being subjective, impulsive and imaginative. Yet are they really so different in the ways they look at the world? To what extent do you consider these stereotypes accurate, and to what extent do you consider them distortions of the ways in which the sciences and the arts give us their knowledge? Our world has been accelerated due to the advancement of both artists and scientists. For that, people have made stereotypes of these two professions in hopes of understanding them. These stereotypes are useful when it allows us to classify people that belong in each profession and have a general overview of them. However, it is catastrophic when it conjures wrong ideas about each expert as it would prevent people from really understanding who they are. Stereotypes occur as a result of attributing the supposed characteristic of a group to all of its individual members. Stereotyping assumes and emphasizes the uniformity within a group and exaggerates the differences between them. Scientists are stereotyped as being objective, disciplined and rational while artist are to bee subjective, impulsive and imaginative. These stereotypes are ultimate opposites in their way of understanding. ...read more.


Is there really such a thing as scientific objectivity? When scientists are not really being objective are when they are so certain of their theory that they try to make the obtained results fit to their theory. When this happens we can see that scientists are not trying to discover the laws of nature from the data as we think but instead the opposite. This is how Mendel's pea experiment conclusion came to be, from selective data. Also surprisingly, some of the greatest discoveries scientists made on earth are only made possible because logic went hay wired and reasons abandon. Radioactivity, one of the most monumental discoveries in history, has been discovered by Henri Becquerel through illogicality. He is led by a belief that certain rocks emit X-ray due to his interest in minerals that fluorescence after exposure to sunlight. His original experiment purpose, where he is trying to see whether minerals fluorescence after exposure to sunlight, has failed several times and because of his frustration, he built a photographic plate where he found the undiminished intensity of the rays in the dark. He then concludes that there could only be one explanation, because the rays that come from the uranium mineral are not only triggered by sunlight but also with another obvious external agent. ...read more.


That's why Leonardo da Vinci would often be classified as both a great artist and scientist. Scientists need to be creative, and sometimes impulsive for them to make discoveries. If scientists just takes a backseat after each discovery or theory is made, we might not know for certain if it is in fact the truth. Using the same example of the heliocentric and geocentric solar system model, we might still have not discovered that we are in reality rotating around the sun and not the other way around if it was not for scientists rethinking the solar system model theory. A great scientist relies on intuition and imagination which allows them to make hypothesis and connect one idea to another. By assessing the arguments above, one of the ways for humans to obtain new knowledge is by being able to look at the world in as many different ways as possible. Both artists and scientists should have the characteristics of both experts to be the best at what they are. Although the most prevailing stereotypes of an artist and scientist are polar opposites, we learn that they might not be so different at all in their search of understanding. Stereotypes makes it easier for humans to classify objects, but humans must be able to look past stereotypes for them to see the true aspects of "supposable" two very different professions, as they might not be so different at all. ...read more.

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