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From:"Tim Morken" <>
Date:Tue, 13 Apr 1999 14:38:19 EDT

Well Russ,

1) Was Einstein (just to use a well known example) not born with a 
gift? Do not singers have to develop a voice and practice?

2) I, for one, certainly could not dicuss, say, Picasso without 
knowing the background of his influences. I have now idea what his 
paintings convey! Dismissing them without learning about them would be 
foolish. On the other hand, the acrylic sculptor I mentioned earlier 
(invented hollow acrylic spheres that are now used in deep-sea 
submersibles) did something no polymer 'scientist' had been able to 
fugure out : how to get acrylic to polymerize consistently in a large 
structure. In this case, the 'learned' scientists could not talk 
'intelligently' with the artist!

3)Who says art is 'like it or not?' Much of what we call art is drawn 
from some basic human needs (and is scienctific discovery not a 
'need') and is repeated through many, many cultures throughout history 
like singing, painting, stories, or invention of tools. Our collective 
knowledge is so ingrained we don't even realize it is there!

Have fun with this! Now I have to go artiscally cut some scientific 
samples of flu-infected tissue.

Tim Morken, B.A., EMT(MSA), HTL(ASCP)  
Infectious Disease Pathology 
Centers for Disease Control 
1600 Clifton Rd. 
Atlanta, GA 30333 
FAX:  (404)639-3043 

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Subject: Re: Histology as a science or an art.?
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 1999 16:47:43 +0000 (GMT0BST)

Cannot agree with art and science being the same! Three main reasons:

1You do not necessarily need any educating or training in the subject 
to enjoy, or even perform, art.  Singers are born with a gift, just 
like ball-players.  so are those who can draw.  Sure most of us can 
do a bit with tuition and training.

2 People in arts and science can discuss arts with equal intellect and 
knowledge.  Arts people cannot discuss science without specialist 
knowledge (and, probably, training)

3 Science is like an ever expanding pyramid.  It is all built on 
knowledge that has been established before (and that really means 
established, not guessed or opined).  The essence of science is to try 
and disprove a hypothesis or theory.  Art is like it or not.

Two different things - reality and abstract, fact and figmentation

There speaks a self-opinionated scientist (I hope!)
ps, I like art.
pps I love science
Russ Allison, Wales

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