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Why Do So Many Scientists Want to be Filmmakers?

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Interesting article that starts off with asking scientists what they would be doing if it wasn't science...their most common response... film-making!.

It then proceeds to discuss the Greeks, the Renaissance and the Enlightenment and demonstrates where the divide between science and art began and how it was cemented. In the late 1950's C.P. Snow declared “The non-scientists have a rooted impression that the scientists are shallowly optimistic, unaware of man’s condition. On the other hand, the scientists believe that the literary intellectuals are totally lacking in foresight, peculiarly unconcerned with their brother men, in a deep sense anti-intellectual, anxious to restrict both art and thought to the existential moment.”

But this view is changing (the Creative Catalyst is part of this momentum) with both disciplines borrowing from each others knowledge base and learning from each other. A number of examples of the overlap of science and humanities are also noted.