Our partner, Aspen Center for Physics, offers FREE public talks most Thursdays in the summer.
Healing the Sciences/Humanities Divide
Lincoln Carr, Colorado School of Mines
The divide between the sciences and the humanities has been growing in recent American history, not only in the population as a whole, but also in academia. Such an approach to knowledge stands in strong contrast to the attitude of Western Enlightenment thinkers as well as their predecessors in Arab and Islamic civilizations, who approached the world around them with an attitude of curiosity and openness synthesizing many paradigms of thought. Such an attitude of internal and external discovery led to profound developments ranging from early experimental science in ibn Al-Haythm’s optics; to Al-Ghazali’s reconciliation of his own divide between philosophy and religion; to Ibn Rushd’s courageous defense of philosophy and critical thought. In this talk, Professor Carr will explore the present situation in the US, and offer some lessons from our own successes and failures in education that may prove useful to the rapidly growing prominence of scientific research around the globe in developed and developing nations alike.