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If science is the way forward and there is only scientific truths to be attained, why do we bother teaching humanities at all? Shouldn't they be eradicated in place of more science faculties? Surely we won't need to think critically in the future if we can have machines to do it for us?
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Science and the humanities are not mutually exclusive.
A scientist can appreciate the beauty of a flower and an artist can appreciate the the theory of evolution which caused the flower to look the way it does.
Nobel prize winning physicist Richard Feynman explains it better than I can.
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(Original post by Stacy93)
Science and the humanities are not mutually exclusive.
A scientist can appreciate the beauty of a flower and an artist can appreciate the the theory of evolution which caused the flower to look the way it does.
Nobel prize winning physicist Richard Feynman explains it better than I can.
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Pretty much this. I would give you +rep but apparently I've used up my allowance today.
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If science is the way forward and there is only scientific truths to be attained, why do we bother teaching humanities at all? Shouldn't they be eradicated in place of more science faculties? Surely we won't need to think critically in the future if we can have machines to do it for us?
Because not everyone has a scientific mind.
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Science and the humanities are not mutually exclusive.
A scientist can appreciate the beauty of a flower and an artist can appreciate the the theory of evolution which caused the flower to look the way it does.
Nobel prize winning physicist Richard Feynman explains it better than I can.
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Therefore, beauty is only idealised through science. There is no need for humanities to teach beauty
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Because not everyone has a scientific mind.
"Some people are stupid"
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Don't understand why one has to take priority over the other, both are significant in their own way. Nothing wrong with liking both, either.

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"Some people are stupid"
oh my god.
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This is like, the biggest false dichotomy in the history of false dichotomies. Ever.
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(Original post by Kiss)
If science is the way forward and there is only scientific truths to be attained, why do we bother teaching humanities at all? Shouldn't they be eradicated in place of more science faculties? Surely we won't need to think critically in the future if we can have machines to do it for us?
Is this a troll thread?
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What?

Humanities are what makes us human.
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Humanities create good, educated, virtuous citizens.

Humanities should also be appreciated for their own sake. I might not be able to convince you that they are as 'important' as the natural sciences, but they should be studied for their own beauty.

Science doesn't have something useful to offer for everything, either, and a world completely based on soulless scientism and utility without any value for aesthetic beauty for its own sake or scholarly pursuits not deemed 'scientific' would be a very sad one indeed.
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Nope completely agree with op, the is no need for this humanities bs
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What?

Humanities are what makes us human.
No, biology makes us human.
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This is like, the biggest false dichotomy in the history of false dichotomies. Ever.
Explain.
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If you fail to appreciate the emotion evoked by Shakespeare's verse, or the perfection of Beethoven's music then perhaps they are useless. But I would submit that a life without the humanities would be far blander and worse. There is much to be said for science and it's own beauty, but I think if you removed everything that the humanities contribute you would be bored within a week. And that's without the practical contributions of the humanities. You'll struggle to write a paper without a good education in English. Philosophy encompasses the study of fields not yet developed enough to become their own branch of knowledge, it has already yielded mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, linguistics, psychology and others, more may yet follow.
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(Original post by Kiss)
If science is the way forward and there is only scientific truths to be attained, why do we bother teaching humanities at all? Shouldn't they be eradicated in place of more science faculties? Surely we won't need to think critically in the future if we can have machines to do it for us?
Humanities have artistic value which is of no less importance than science.

Machines do not have the capability of reasoning or thinking critically, humans do.

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humanities allow for the use of creativity, while science is concrete information (yes you can argue sciences involve creativity, but not as much as in the humanities)
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No, biology makes us human.
No. If you look at history humans have always carried out pastimes that you can classify as "humanities". Humanities are a study of human behaviour as science is of natural behaviour.
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(Original post by Stacy93)
Science and the humanities are not mutually exclusive.
A scientist can appreciate the beauty of a flower and an artist can appreciate the the theory of evolution which caused the flower to look the way it does.
Nobel prize winning physicist Richard Feynman explains it better than I can.
video link
That simply reaffirms the idea that humanities are not necessary since science can explain them/do them just as well.
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