The Science and Culture Initiative (SCI)
SCI promotes the idea that there is a deep link between science and other forms of culture. Our view is that all aspects of human culture come from people expressing themselves by creating explanations—which may or may not involve words—of things they have seen or imagined. Science and some nonscientific disciplines such as religion and philosophy use words to offer explanations of things observed in the physical world (although science is unique in discarding explanations that are not consistent with the way the world actually is). Other forms of culture are explanations of things in the mental world, and may very well not involve words—music and art, for example. But whether they are scientific or not, and whether they involve words or not, we believe the explanations arise from networks in our brains transformed by evolution from originally enabling our shrew-like ancestors to navigate through their environment to now enabling us to navigate through the creation of cultural masterpieces as diverse as the Mona Lisa, “Like a Rolling Stone”, Finnegan’s Wake, and general relativity theory. These networks thus embody the deepest of connections between all forms of human culture.
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