This blog will aim to explore topics that are related to science, art & society and the connections between these. Although I moved from the world of science into the world of applied information management some 30 years ago, I retain a strong interest in science and how it is communicated.
In an article that the playwright Eugene Ionesco wrote in 1980 for the USC Chronicle he said:
“Culture cannot be separated from politics. The arts, philosophy and metaphysics, religion and the sciences, constitute culture. Politics are the science or art of organizing our relationships to allow for the development of life in society. But, in our time, politics have overtaken all other manifestations of the human spirit …”.
Today, politicians too often seem ill equipped to translate science into effective policy. Snow’s “Two Cultures” are alive and well, and our institutions too often poorly represented by scientists – in Whitehall, the BBC, and elsewhere. All the more reason to explore the connections between science, art and the humanities.
Bridging these worlds means developing a common language that will appeal to these fragmented cultures. I would like to add my voice to the many others who are trying to do this, such as TEDed and other forums.
In a small way, through my love of art and science, I will try to explore these themes from my own particular point of view, experiences and knowledge.
Richard W. Erskine, Gloucestershire, UK