Third Culture

John Mcreery (JLM@TWICS.COM)
Sun, 3 Sep 1995 21:23:27 +0900

Danny Yee writes,

"John McCreery recommends:
> John Brockman (1995) The Third Culture: Beyond the Scientific
> Revolution. New York: Simon and Schuster.

Sounds like a book I'll have to check out! I've always been
confused by the relationship between "science" and the "humanities".
I unthinkingly call both anthropology *and* history sciences, but
I seem to have a much broader view of "science" than either the
cultural materialists who agree with me and the more literary who
recoil in horror from the thought. I think the long reign of physics
as the paradigm science is over... Not only are disciplines like
evolutionary ecology, linguistics and cognitive psychology bringing
clearly "scientific" work into closer contact with the traditional
humanities subjects, but the greater acceptance of historical and
non-reductionist perspectives within the sciences is weakening the
epistemological boundaries.

But anthropologists (at least judging by this list) still seem divided
into two cultures..."

Welcome aboard, Danny. Can't wait to see your review.

I wonder how many people on the lists would identify themselves with
science, the humanities, both (that's me) or neither.

John McCreery