The Dawdler’s Philosophy

Shorts - E31: The Two Cultures

July 26, 2020

The value of history is that one has the chance to make sense of their present circumstances. How did we get to now? Can we come up with the best solutions to our problems if we think we understand how those problems arose in the first place? Fingers crossed. 

 

In 1959, author and scientist, C.P. Snow, gave a lecture on what he saw as a problem in the West. Two intellectual and influential cultures had formed and become entrenched; one, a literary culture and the other, a scientific one. If they had anything in common, it didn’t matter for the commitments they had made to their respective vocations were too great to be bridged without great effort.

 

In this episode the Dawdlers discuss the lecture and the state of its themes in our current age.

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