The Two Cultures

Humanists study the phenomenology of human experience — including the history and possible future of human experience, while Scientists are attempting to create pragmatic explanations for intersubjective phenomena — where those explanations are consistent, comprehensive and comprehensible.

Scientists can help Humanists to explore how to characterize human experiences through a set of pragmatic conventions for mapping out intersubjective space. They can also help Humanists by discovering ways to reliably meet human needs and desires by leveraging regularities in intersubjective space. Examples of Scientists aiding the humanities include the science that goes into creating artistic tools, supplies, and, techniques, and the means to obtain the humanist goal of a “good” society where citizens are well educated and well fed.

Perhaps Humanists could attempt to help Scientists by indicating to them when they are failing to achieve their own stated goals — namely, indicating when scientists theories do not fully account for human experience (subjective or intersubjective) or when they fail to be comprehensible by reasonable standards. Humanists could work to propose summaries of scientific ideas that correspond to human experiences in ways that are ergonomic. Ideally, scientific theories and explanations should take little effort for human minds to understand, recall, and apply. They could also help Scientists understand probable human responses to technological and scientific tools and explanations, and the types of civilizations they are likely to produce.

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