Friday, December 10, 2010

Beyond the Complexity Horizon

"Can science explain art, music and literature?" asks Roger Scruton — Only Adapt. "The attempt to explain art, music, literature, and the sense of beauty as adaptations is both trivial as science and empty as a form of understanding," the philosopher writes. "It tells us nothing of importance about its subject matter, and does huge intellectual damage in persuading ignorant people that after all there is nothing about the humanities to understand, since they have all been explained — and explained away."

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3 Comments:

Blogger Pints in NYC said...

Science measures.

That;s what it does.

You can't measure the beauty of a sunrise. And you'd be a fool to try.

And while geometry can be used to point to the beauty we find in symmetrical faces, math will never explain the beauty of an icon.

Sincerely,

Pints in NYC
aka "A featherless biped"

12:41 PM  
Blogger Tiago said...

The tragedy of modern man is that he has been so taken with Scientific Positivism that he has forgotten that philosophy is a superset of science. This indeed causes what are otherwise very intelligent people -- such as Drs. Sagan and Dawkins -- to go on crusades attempting to extend the Scientific Method into realms it was never meant to be taken. Particularly, the quartet of Logic, Ethics, Aesthetics and Theology are the fields people have tried to apply the Method and failed abysmally in the past century or so.

11:11 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Well said, gentlemen. Thank you.

11:18 PM  

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