Is it more an art or a science?

This question poses a false dichotomy.

This false dichotomy creates a view of reality that is limiting and unhelpful.

When it comes to art, there is a science for how to be artistic. Similarly, there is an art for how to be scientific. A similarly harmful false dichotomy is personal life or professional life, which creates the fool’s errand: work-life balance.

“Art: The act of doing something that might not work, simply because it’s a generous thing to do. The combination of talent, skill, craft, and point of view that brings new light to old problems”

Seth Godin

“The act of doing something that might not work, simply because it’s a generous thing to do” is inherently a part of the scientific method. The scientific method begins with a question, usually one intended to solve a problem, which backed by altruistic intentions, is GENEROUS. Moreover, the hypothesis stage of the scientific method is the same as a comedian, author, musician, painter, and/or teacher sharing an idea that may or may not resonate.

Art and science, instead of one being like morning and the other being like night, are more analogous to Saturday and Sunday. The two compliment each other and share more of the same intentionality than being in opposition to one another.

One Response

  1. Hi Jared,
    On your subject on street smarts vs book smarts: I must admit that I have relied on my “street smarts” for most of my life. Not that it has gotten me to goal yet! But it has provided me with a comfortable albeit busy life. (I truly need to figure out the work/life balance:). what I have learned through reading, is invaluable. I think reading books, gives me answers to questions I didn’t know exist.

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