I just came from a literary convention and one of the forums I attended was from a group entitled Café Scientific and the discussion revolved around science and how it relates to the world we’re living in. One of the points mentioned was how science appears to the layman—an accepted branch of knowledge that is only understood by a special few. And then there is the schism between the scientist and the artist, as if these two vocations stood on the opposite end of the spectrum and how they are distinct from each other. But for me, these are simply misunderstood notions. How different really are the schools of science from the school of humanities? And should there be a distinguishing line dividing the two?
Having said all that, the line between art and science seem tenuous. But I do think there is a difference between the two, just not as huge and encompassing as people originally thought it to be. I’m not here to say art and science are the same for while they might share a common origin, their methods, the way they express themselves, are obviously different, in the same way that we do not relegate science, philosophy, and religion to the same field. The difference might seem minute or huge, depending on what perspective you choose to view it in, but it is these differences that makes it relevant to us humans. However, I would like to point out that the gap isn’t as difficult to bridge as most people imagine it to be, and it is conceivable for one to choose both paths. Art and science aren’t exclusive—they’re both part of the human condition. Whether we pick one road or both roads is up to you (or if we should even pick either of those paths; perchance maybe there is even an undefined third option or even a fourth or a fifth… the possibilities are endless for human beings are pluralities). And perhaps a part of us relishes and wonders what if we instead chose the other path. I’m here to ask then what’s stopping you now? If there’s anything we should realize by now, the two share certain elements in common, and sometimes the leap of faith isn’t such a huge leap at all.