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OT: science (was: brief survey)

From:Isaac Penzev <isaacp@...>
Date:Wednesday, September 14, 2005, 6:44
Andreas Johansson wrote:

> Quoting Isaac Penzev <isaacp@...>: > > > > 4) Do you consider yourself a scientist? > > > > It depends on the definition of science and scientists. From my
> > hmm, yes. From the Western viewpoint, rather, no. > > I don't think there *is* a Western viewpoint here.
Ok. I was probably, too hasty. I had in mind the fact that in English, the borderline between 'science' and 'arts' lies in a totally different place that I got used to, thinking in Russian (наука vs. искусство), where the former includes both sts, technology/engineering/maths and various humanities like philology, history et al., while the latter may be better rendered with the word 'creativity'. I don't know if it is the same in other European langs. So, in a Russian mindset, music composition is 'art' while music theory is 'science'. I can bet I hear the phrases 'hard science' and 'soft science' for the first time in my life. I beg your pardon if I offended somebody with my words. I had no intention, really. -- Yitzik