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  • Yes it is.

    Although art is undeniably an important aspect of civilization, the core of the world is science. It is only through the scientific method that humans can gain any new knowledge, and apply this knowledge to better out lives and ourselves. Scientific progress has changed all cultures greatly and continues to expand our knowledge of the universe.

  • Yes, because where would we be without it.

    Science has been the base of many inventions. Examples like the light bulb and the automobile are just a couple of many inventions that we use every day that were based of science. Art is a luxury. It improves one's quality of life. Science although is used to expand human's knowledge in everything from psychology to the patterns of our Universe. Think about it, without science, where would we be?

  • Keeping the balance

    A true fence sitter. Whilst I certainly appreciate that Science is important when we look back through history at what we have been left with it is safe to say that both have been important and valued by the world. Unfortunately, we don't have many great science museums showing us great examples, for art though there are hundreds of museums showing how amazing Art is. In essence, perhaps science should be more important so we begin to value it also like we already value art!

  • Keeping the balance

    A true fence sitter. Whilst I certainly appreciate that Science is important when we look back through history at what we have been left with it is safe to say that both have been important and valued by the world. Unfortunately, we don't have many great science museums showing us great examples, for art though there are hundreds of museums showing how amazing Art is. In essence, perhaps science should be more important so we begin to value it also like we already value art!

  • Science = Life | Art = Personality

    Without science we would cease to exist but without art humans would cease to have personality. Science does seem more important but we clearly need both. I know the question isn't "If you had to get rid of one which would it be" but I think that there is a priority being Science > Art.

  • While I do recognize Art's value, I would argue that the human needs that Arts satisfy are secondary while Sciences satisfy our most basic needs.

    My argument makes use of a theory known as Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, in which an American psychologist, Abraham Maslow, categorizes and ranks human needs into 5 different categories. These categories, in decreasing order of importance are, our physiological needs such as food and water, safety needs such as shelter and security, belongings and love needs such as family and friends, esteem needs such as prestige and accomplishments, and self-actualization such as seeking personal growth and finding one’s meaning in life. From Maslow’s theory, we can see how the Sciences help us achieve our two most fundamental needs - Physiological needs and safety needs. Scientific developments like genetic modification of animals allow food production to increase tremendously, increasing our ability to feed more people while the invention of CCTVs deters people from committing crimes, raising the level of security in society. The Arts, on the other hand, helps us find purpose in our existence or to express our opinions and emotions, both of which can be categorized under our need for self-actualization, the least important human need. Thus, while I do acknowledge that the Arts have great value, I would argue that the value of the Sciences far outweigh Art's value.

  • Does art build technological marvels?

    The reason why we live lives of relative ease is because of what technology has built us. We don't need to fetch water every day because the watertower and pipes does that for us. We don't need to hunt or grow food personally because technology does all of the heavy lifting for us.

  • Science are the foundation of Arts

    Arts and humanity is the study of human nature.

    In addition, it also include a range of human activities in creating visual, auditory or performing artifacts (artworks), expressing the author's imaginative or technical skill, intended to be appreciated for their beauty or emotional power.

    Therefore, the subject of Arts are actually based on social science and psychology. Social science and psychology are based on life science and chemistry. Understanding nature science is essential to study well on Arts.

    Philosophy and religion can also consider as Arts. Science, Religion and philosophy are trying to seek truth. Understanding nature Science is essential for us to study well on philosophy and religion

  • Science are the foundation of Arts

    Arts and humanity is the study of human nature.

    In addition, it also include a range of human activities in creating visual, auditory or performing artifacts (artworks), expressing the author's imaginative or technical skill, intended to be appreciated for their beauty or emotional power.

    Therefore, the subject of Arts are actually based on social science and psychology. Social science and psychology are based on life science and chemistry. Understanding nature science is essential to study well on Arts.

    Philosophy and religion can also consider as Arts. Science, Religion and philosophy are trying to seek truth. Understanding nature Science is essential for us to study well on philosophy and religion

  • Science are the foundation of Arts

    Arts and humanity is the study of human nature.

    In addition, it also include a range of human activities in creating visual, auditory or performing artifacts (artworks), expressing the author's imaginative or technical skill, intended to be appreciated for their beauty or emotional power.

    Therefore, the subject of Arts are actually based on social science and psychology. Social science and psychology are based on life science and chemistry. Understanding nature science is essential to study well on Arts.

    Philosophy and religion can also consider as Arts. Science, Religion and philosophy are trying to seek truth. Understanding nature Science is essential for us to study well on philosophy and religion

  • Arts are more important than sciences.

    I agree that science is extremely important for the progression of the human civilisation because they improve modes of production and quality of life, but arts transcends that. Art is culture. Culture is directly connected to the level of morality in society. A society with good art is likely to have a good populace, and vice versa.

    I will use music as an example. Xunzi expanded that to visual arts, but I'll leave that out because there's no readily available translation of Xunzi on the Internet.

    'Music is (thus) the production of the modulations of the voice, and its source is in the affections of the mind as it is influenced by (external) things. When the mind is moved to sorrow, the sound is sharp and fading away; when it is moved to pleasure, the sound is slow and gentle; when it is moved to joy, the sound is exclamatory and soon disappears; when it is moved to anger, the sound is coarse and fierce; when it is moved to reverence, the sound is straightforward, with an indication of humility; when it is moved to love, the sound is harmonious and soft. These six peculiarities of sound are not natural'; they indicate the impressions produced by (external) things. On this account the ancient kings were watchful in regard to the things by which the mind was affected. And so (they instituted) ceremonies to direct men's aims aright; music to give harmony to their voices; laws to unify their conduct; and punishments to guard against their tendencies to evil. The end to which ceremonies, music, punishments, and laws conduct is one; they are the instruments by which the minds of the people are assimilated, and good order in government is made to appear.' (Book of Rites 19.2)

  • Science and Art are too interwoven to separate

    Being that scientific discovery is a creative and dare I even say, artistic pursuit, it is inappropriate to place the two as polar opposites as this question has done. My brother-in-law, who works as Particle Physicist for the Government is equally at home on the Violin as in the laboratory. Perhaps I will discuss this question with him the next time we speak...

  • Science is how we see art is how we feel

    Science is how we see the world today and think how it might work, tomorrow that can all change. Art is what we express from our hearts in order to cope with the world as we see it. If we have art that means we have dreams, if we have dreams we have tomorrow. Truth is since science is how we think the world and the cosmos beyond is today tomorrow we may and likely will see things totally different.

  • Keeping the balance

    A true fence sitter. Whilst I certainly appreciate that Science is important when we look back through history at what we have been left with it is safe to say that both have been important and valued by the world. Unfortunately, we don't have many great science museums showing us great examples, for art though there are hundreds of museums showing how amazing Art is. In essence, perhaps science should be more important so we begin to value it also like we already value art!

  • Science is incredibly important but...

    Art allows people to stretch beyond what they think is possible with very little training or practice. This opens their minds to new possibilities and therefore can help inform science in a way that science can't inform itself. I think they both need each other. As @cludwig points above, they are intertwined.

  • Science is incredibly important but...

    Art allows people to stretch beyond what they think is possible with very little training or practice. This opens their minds to new possibilities and therefore can help inform science in a way that science can't inform itself. I think they both need each other. As @cludwig points above, they are intertwined.

  • Science is an art and Art is a science!

    They have the same basis, they can express the world and understand the world. You need art in science, such as scientific illustrators. They are two different things striving for the same truth. You need science in art, such as knowing how equipment works and how it was made. You need a lot of science to draw a perspective drawing. Have a nice day.

  • Every subjects has its important

    Every subjects is important we cant say that science in more important arts teaches us creativity which comes from imagination and albert einstein has said that imaginaton is more important than knowledge bcz knowledge is limited while imagination encircle the world so in my opinion art is not so bad subject

  • LOL at that picture tho.

    Not sure if you were referencing to visual arts versus science but it's hilarious when noting from the picture that being artistic is looking like less of a nerd. Science is also a form of art. Art itself does not confine to being just paint on a canvas to playing a musical instrument or wearing artsy clothing. Art is in everything that can be observed. Science is also art because it requires creativity along with intellect. A lot of observing is involved in the field and without a creative mind, research will always be constructed in a similar pattern. But that doesn't mean everything is done without a similar pattern or procedure. It also requires a creative mind to set apart from the pattern. Simply the act of designing or observing something can already be considered art. An admiration for the complexity of an subject is art in itself. Saying one is better than the other is laughable. No topic is more important than the other. It's only individually important if you excel better in one than the other.


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