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.
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?
You can live your whole life without visiting the Mona Lisa. Some argue that it has changed their lives. Imagine how much of a change you’d feel if you suddenly didn’t have electricity or the plague was never deemed curable.
Art is not a bad thing - when a species is capable of creating and admiring such a thing as art, it means we’ve outdone every other species on the planet by a long shot. Having the free time and resources to create and invest in something such as a sculpture or a painting means we’re pretty calm and secure about shelter and water, something which other animals would only envy us.
But no, art is useless. You might relish the idea of climbing the Eiffel tower, but if you suddenly lose your job and can’t pay the mortgage or afford food, I assure you The Thinker statue will be the last thing on your mind.
Science has made a difference: it has cured diseases, it has increased food production, it has given technology which allows more food to be easily produced, and it has made water purification possible. Science has enabled man to take his rightful throne on this Earth.
It is important because if not for archaeology will humans of now aday no the meaning of art, if not for maria de satuola , there would not be anything like art. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Science pretty much encompasses everything. Art is science, its movement its perception etc. that makes it science it involves the human body and how we interpret everything doesnt that also make it science which leads to the fact that science is more important then art is. Everything is a sub-category of science.
The question is "over-simplified" in my opinion. But, the core of advancing society is done with science, and therefore science is more important. But, you can not seperate science from art or art from science. They are intrinsically linked.
For example, take cave paintings from ancient tribes. While the painting is obviously art, it took science to develop the pigments that the painting was done with. Throughout our lives we employ a mix of science and art to do nearly everything we do. Anytime a decision is made it will involve some science and some art. Managing people is another example. A manager can look to metrics to guide decision making, but when that manager interacts with subordinates the style of interaction is an art.
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)
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 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.
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.