"James Llort" <email@example.com> wrote in message news://firstname.lastname@example.org... > Hi, > > I'm concerned about the narrowm view of the world 'hard' science > students have these days. I think the problem starts at college - > There's a culture that somehow science is more rational and usefull > then the humanitities. Lecturers encourage students to joke about arts
Then how come most students graduate from college not knowing jack shit about science? Most college graduates I've talked with can't describe even the scientific method. Plus, at least here at PSU, there are far more business, economics, and arts majors than there are hard science majors. They even watered the General Science (bachelor of science) degree to include business :-(
> students, and humilaite them whenever possible. This encourages > eliteism, and I for one am sick of it.
No, the students are elitist about whatever their major is. Like you. You know nothing about science, yet you berate it.
> > Let's tell it like it is. 'science' is just as much about opinion as > the humanities. Research simply follows the fad of the day. Take
Wrong. Outright, completely, wrong.
> dieticians for example. These men and woman believe that just because > they have degree in medical science that they are all knowing. Why,
Good scientists don't believe they are all knowing. And I know a lot of good scientists.
> what they recommend one day may kill you the next! (see the DDT story > for more information.) Science is 95% opinion then facts, lets face
no it's not. It's 90% facts, 9% logic, .9% analysis, and .1% opinion... and in the end, the opinion doesn't matter. Science works whether you like it or not.
> it. What about astrology, the most rediculious of the sciences! But I > degress...
Astrology is not a science. Period. Are you stupid or something, troll?
> > Another example is music. We know what sounds good. Everyone aggreed > that Valves for instance sound great. But knowitall engineers use > trensastors with inferious sound quality just to save a few bucks. > They argue with numbers. Hey, I don't want to do maths just to listen
What the hell are you talking about? Make some sense, fool.
> to music. I know what I like. You cannot apply objective reasoning to > a subject which is intristically subjective. But try telling those
yes you can. It just takes some understanding of probability, and you have to know that you won't have deterministic results.
> recent grads with their useless piece of paper that and they go all > mightier--then-thou.
And if you insult the 'art' of some recent art grad, they go ballistic. What does this show? That people don't like other people who aren't experts in their field, to tell them their field is useless.
> > The problem with you technical guys are that you are all so eliteist.
'cause you know, arts & humanities majors aren't. Hah!
> Whilst you want to trun collage into a trade school with yore narrow > minded views that collage should be a job training centre, humanities
Nice of you to tell me what I believe... especially when I don't. So kiss my ass.
> are focused on making you a well rounded person who is auctually > interesting to be with, not a boring focuesed geek. Really, it makes
Don't presume to speak for people whom you don't know. I don't know who these people are that you refer to (I suspect engineers, from my experience, but I cannot say for sure. And, of course, not all people in that group will be that way, anyhow.), but they aren't the people I spend time with.
> me so mad when people say "oh, he's doing a humanities degree, that's > easy". I have to read *3* *books* *a* *week* on average. Not picture > books either I assue you. It is a lot of work, but the upshot is
So? I regularly do more than that for *recreation*. But then, I suppose that Plato, Socrates, Hobbes, Descartes, Locke, etc, don't actually count, do they? How about all the fiction I read?
> improved grammer and spelling skills that are lacking in the > technical. As for those that say "you will be working at mcdonalds" ,
Well, I think you've demonstrated that your "grammer" (sic) is better than mine, however, I would argue that my spelling and grammar is a signifigant improvement over yours. I cite our two posts as evidence.
> I'm going on to so a PhD in socialolgy where I'll be line for tenure
socialolgy? Do you mean Sociology? I wasn't sure, but I couldn't think of anything else it might have been. At least, you'll be in line for tenure if you can get a professorship. Same goes for science majors, too, though.
> where I have a much more rewarding job then beeing a science freak or > an engineer. Anyways, all I have to do to be a engineer wold be to get
In your ever-so-humble opinion. I'd much prefer to be unlocking the mysteries of the universe, and helping the human race, than doing sociology, myself.
> my MSCE and how hard couyld that be? techincal stuff is simply
Famous last words: "Anyways, all I have to do to be a engineer wold be to get my MSCE and how hard couyld that be?"
> whatever fad the market thinks is hot at the moment, but all great > things were done by humanities.
Oh, humanities are responsible for all the great inventions which have helped mankind? They discovered crop rotation? They designed the buildings we live in? The medicine which allows us to live? They discovered which plants produce high yield for minimal effort?
> > You technical types are far to narrow minded and cynsical. You should > learn to enjoy life.
narrow-minded? I think not. I enjoy life immensely. You should try an education; it works wonders.
> > Relax, and make peace with god. He transcends all.
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