From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Andrew VK3BFA)
Subject: Re: The need for a well rounded education
Date: 19 Dec 2002 16:21:56 -0800
NNTP-Posting-Date: 20 Dec 2002 00:21:56 GMT
"Trevor Wilson" wrote in message news:<email@example.com>...
> "James Llort" wrote in message
> > 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
> > students, and humilaite them whenever possible. This encourages
> > eliteism, and I for one am sick of it.
And Blah Blah Blah - sorry, but you are committing most of the
"crimes" you are accusing engineers of - poorly reasoned, idiotic
examples (ie astrology) that a grade school student could demolish,
poor grammar and spelling, lack of coherent thought
If indeed you are doing a humanities degree, then have you done
Philosophy 101 as part of your course (should be 1st year) - its very
useful in that it
1. Teaches you how to analyse data
2. Do the investigation necessary to support a hypothesis
3. Provides the 4 basic rules of intellectual discourse.
4. Teaches you how to think. (this is the hard bit....)
Strangely enough, this is also common to the physical sciences and are
useful skills to have in everyday life.
And I do agree, some engineers I know can bounce radio signals off the
moon from the comfort and security of their garden shed but are
incapable of organising fresh food in the refrigerator - but to damm
them all is a gross generalisation.
In closing, a very poor joke....
Q. How many first year humanities students does it take to change a
A. None, thats a second year subject.