On the two cultures

A Reading Note

A lot of scientists are fairly sceptical about science, seeing it as much more of a hit-and-miss, rule-of-thumb affair than the gullible layperson imagines. It is people in the humanities who still naïvely think that scientists consider themselves the white-coated custodians of absolute truth, and so waste a lot of time trying to discredit them.

Eagleton, After Theory, page 18

Of course, there are a few important differences:

Art encourages you to fantasize and desire. For…these reasons, it is easy to see why it is students of art or English rather than chemical engineering who tend to staff the barricades. Students of chemical engineering, however, are in general better at getting out of bed than students of art or English.

Eagleton, After Theory, page 18

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