Doodling in Class
My husband and I are taking a course at Columbia about Art vs Culture. It is a small discussion class at the Heyman Center and the first text that we read was The Two Cultures - a transcription of the 1959 lecture at Cambridge by CP Snow. The "artists" were the great writers of the time and the scientists were in the hard sciences - physics, chemistry, and mathematics. The premise was that these cultures were so different, that artists and scientists could not communicate with each other.
This past week we began class by reading Genesis 3 to reflect on the tree of life and tree of knowledge and then went on to consider 4 discussions between artists and scientists. Scientists are making rapid technological advances ( like cloning), but are the "artists" capable of understanding and discussing the possible perils of these discoveries, thus beginning a dialogue about good and evil inherent in them? Can they be translators for the society at large.
Just because we can DO something, should we DO it?
I doodle to keep my mind on the discussion - and here is my tree of knowledge and two classmates - all scribbled on the back of a handout with ball point pen.