Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

I think it's a fair point to say that we've been overlooking the role of the sciences (I won't say 'STEM') in the liberal arts. My own experience points to the value of a grounding in the hard sciences, even if one's interest is in philosophy. But I think this column takes it a step too far in suggesting we should reinterpret the liberal arts as, shall we say, application areas for the hard sciences. Think, for example, doing big data analysis to track the decline of morality in the literature of the 1800s. Sure, tech can be a tool in the humanities; I spent time in my graduate years running neural net simulations. But it isn't the same as the humanities.

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