- Aaron Nielsen
- Cranberry Twp, PA
- United States
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Are the humanities as an area of study becoming obsolete?
There is a quote by an AI specialist, Marvin Minsky, which goes: "With all the money that we are throwing away on humanities and art...give me that money and I will build you a better student."
His sentiment seems to be echoed throughout the academic world these days by scientists and others who view the humanities as anachronistic and impractical. They argue that in an era which places emphasis on technological skills and efficiency/productivity, we should be primarily concerned with technical knowledge.
On the other hand, some scholars have defended the humanities, insisting that their study develops certain qualities in people that those not exposed to it would lack, or that it is fundamental in forming a well-rounded and profound character, among other things.
So, which side of the debate would YOU fall on? Should the study of humanities be abandoned, or would this be a mistake?