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									Art, Methods, and Science
Art, Methods, and Science
1. Drawing and Art
   • Consider the drawings shown on the next two
     slides.
   • “The Star” (1871-1881), drawn by Edgar
     Degas.
   • “The Dancer” (2009), drawn by Steve Sapp.
“The Star” (1871-1881) Edgar Degas
“The Dancer” (2009) Steve Sapp
Art, Methods, and Science
1. Drawing and Art (Continued)
   • Degas and Sapp have the same tools at their
     disposal.
   • That is, both Degas and Sapp readily can find
     canvas, paint, and brushes at easily affordable
     prices. And both persons have training in the
     fundamental concepts of drawing and art
     design.
Art, Methods, and Science
1. Drawing and Art (Continued)
   • “The Star,” by Degas delights us and therefore
     makes a valuable contribution to the well-being
     of human kind.
   • “The Dancer,” by Sapp is awful.
Art, Methods, and Science
1. Drawing and Art (Continued)
   • The difference between “The Star” and “The
     Dancer” lies not in a difference between the
     availability of tools and techniques, but in the
     fact that Degas rather than Sapp has
     successfully captured an image of reality, and
     thereby has significantly influenced our hearts
     and minds.
Art, Methods, and Science
2. Methods and Science
   • The concepts, perspectives, techniques, and
     methods you will learn this semester are tools.
   • These tools are readily available to all. And
     training in how to use them, albeit sometimes
     difficult to grasp, are available to those who
     desire to receive this training.
Art, Methods, and Science
2. Methods and Science (Continued)
   • The difference between methods and science,
     like the difference between drawing and art, lies
     not in the availability of tools, but in the ability of
     the practitioner to accurately depict a segment
     of reality.
   • The person who combines methods with theory,
     who successfully builds and tests theories that
     reasonably depict reality, makes a valuable
     contribution to society.
Art, Methods, and Science
2. Methods and Science (Continued)
   • I urge you, therefore, to give your training in
     theory the same attention you give to this
     course in methods.
   • It is your ability to combine methods with theory
     that will define you as a scientist, as one who
     makes valuable contributions to the well-being
     of society.

								
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