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rachelr's picture

Why the heck is this so hard?!

 While I too agree that there need to be distinct categories for the sciences and humanities, I still have trouble articulating what that main difference is. When you begin to split hairs, to dissect the differences and break everything down, it becomes much harder to figure out the absolute and specific differences between the arts and the sciences. I feel that sciences is indeed much more empirical and that is the best example for me of the differences. Even the mediums for fine arts are related to the sciences (wood, hair, copper, plant matter and pigments, etc.), and sciences is used for many fine arts uses. Last year in chemistry we made copper prints as well as a solid copper from copper dust, something many metal works artists do to create jewelry and sculpture. In my mind the overlapping between the fine arts and the sciences are much more extensive than is often noted, and is most likely even more complicated than I can think about and consider right now. This topic has come up for me in several courses and it just seems to get more complex and go around in circles every time I come to it again. 

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