Science and Art: The Key To Knowledge

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We were asked in TOK class to examine the similarities between science and art. At first, I did not think they had much in common, but as I continued to ponder on the question I was able to develop many similarities such as the use of sense perception, creativity and the use of curiosity. However, although they had similarities I did not see how one would merge these two together, since I thought science was more of critical thinking and art lend towards creative thinking. In school, we tend to place higher standards and importance on subjects such as science, math, reading and history rather than the Arts. Through the educational system, it is quite evident that they place more value on critical thinking than creative thinking, but they fail to see the interaction. In a class such as Geometry, in some cases, we use creative thinking to solve problems, before we use mathematical symbols or words. Through Albert Eisenstein’s findings, this was proven. He indicated that he uses images to solve problems and then he used words later. Furthermore, he explained that he did not solve mathematical equations using logical symbols, but using images, emotion and musical architectures . Knowledge can be created through the interaction of both critical and creative thinking. In this essay, I will use two areas of knowledge; the natural sciences and history, to examine how knowledge is gained through the interaction of both critical and creative thinking. In Science, theories are generated through curiosity but are proven right or wrong through critical thinking. According to an article written by Stuart Jeffries, “Science is looking for answers and art is looking for questions. ” Ten different scientists could observe one object and interpr... ... middle of paper ... ...>. Imagine That!" Einstein On Creative Thinking: Music and the Intuitive Art of Scientific Imagination. Web. 27 Feb. 2012. . Jeffries, Stuart. "When Two Tribes Meet: Collaborations between Artists and Scientists." The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 21 Aug. 2011. Web. 26 Feb. 2012. . Propaganda: A Blatant use of Art as a Tool of the State." Art Under Fascism: Propaganda. Web. 26 Feb. 2012. . "The Slow Death of Spontaneous Generation (1668-1859)." Access Excellence @ the National Health Museum. Web. 01 Mar. 2012. .
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