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In areas of knowledge such as the arts and the sciences, do we learn more from works that follows or that breaks with accepted conventions?

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In areas of knowledge such as the arts and the sciences, do we learn more from work that follows or that breaks with accepted conventions? The relationship between the arts and the sciences was described by Albert Einstein as "...being branches from the same tree." One normally does not equate these two areas of knowledge, as art is believed to be a creative form of communication, while science is about establishing one's findings through verifiable facts. Although, the aspect that brings these areas of knowledge together is that they both strive to teach or inform the observer of something that is already known (accepted conventions), or break what we believe to know. The question that arises from this is whether the observer learns more from these areas of knowledge when they follow, or when the break with accepted conventions. The fact is that we do learn from both teachings, although the question clearly states which we learn more from. I believe that if the arts or sciences follow or prove something we already know, it reinforces what we believe but might not teach us anymore than we already know. Although, when these areas of knowledge teach us something that breaks with accepted conventions, we learn more as it changes our outlook on the subject. ...read more.


People believed in this theory as it was advocated by the Christian churches and that there was no other theory to challenge it. This theory was finally disproven mainly in the 19th century through experiments conducted by Louis Pasteur. Pasteur's experiments indicated that microcosms were the actual cause of diseases. Although it was highly controversial when proposed as a theory, it is now the cornerstone of all medical research. This theory broke accepted conventions and has led to many important innovations such as antibiotics and hygienic practices. If spontaneous generation were still an accepted theory, medicinal science would not have progressed as far as it has come today. Not only have humans learned from the immediate experiments of the germ theory, but it had also led to other discoveries and understanding of the human body. Thus, humanity in general has learned more from the breaking of accepted conventions as it has permitted science to progress to a level much beyond where it begun. Moreover, in my opinion the arts are another example of how we have learned more from work that has broken accepted conventions. Art is an area of knowledge where creativity and innovation are not only promoted, but also expected. Fashion is an expression of ones self and is considered as an art form. ...read more.


We learn more from works that break accepted traditions as they help us gain knowledge of the world and "...recognize truths we were previously unaware of and reignite our sense of wonder in the world." (Theory of Knowledge - Richard van de Lagemaat). Thus, breaking accepted conventions in the form of art paintings helps us to gain knowledge of the painter's perspective on a certain issue while also helping us to identify the realities of life that we had not noticed before. In conclusion, it seems that works that break accepted conventions enable humanity to progress. We are able to learn more from these works as they go against what we believe to know and portray a new perspective that was either not thought of or was not proven. Although we do learn from works that follow accepted conventions as it reinforces our beliefs in that subject. The arts and the sciences are two very different forms of communicating ideas, although they both attempt to make sense of the world which gives the observer different perspectives of sometimes a similar situation. Thus, the arts and the sciences are complimentary areas of knowledge as arts give an inside look into a subject, while the sciences provide an outside look. Accepted conventions are meant to and should be broken in order for the progression of society. ...read more.

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