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Is the study of the arts (in any form) relevant is modern society?

The study of arts vs sciences is much in debate today. It is worth paying attention to the relevance of arts and how it helps us in our daily lives in terms of enhancing and enriching our lives with values that one simply cannot gain from learning merely the sciences

  • Oct 29 2013: The study of science is important. It always has and always will be for the benefits it brings to the world.

    Art is most often under-rated in its value to the world and its study is necessary. Far to many people think art is far less than it actually is. Art, while it is appreciated, is often ignored as a subject and not accepted in true mainstream. Even that which is accepted in the mainstream is of questionable value and nature and much of it has become taken over by the media. The study of art has long-standing value to our culture and helps us to understand who we are and how to express ourselves.
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    Oct 29 2013: Appreciation of art is one of human's characteristics.
    I think that art, although not always consciously, influences us constantly.
    For example, if you go to a restaurant and see the choice of your food artfully arranged on your plate, doesn't that make you feel different than getting the exactly same food served mixed together on a paper plate ?
    Or music: Doesn't different kind of music have different impacts on how you feel ?
    I see art as a way of stimulating the senses such as a good wine stimulates your nose and taste or the right color combination makes you feel good or the impact of a perfume.
    So, yes, arts is very relevant and there is no contradiction or competition to science.
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    Oct 28 2013: The differences between Science and Art, makes both of them very important to the society. There are distinct contributions, and one can not replace another; neither is one better than the other.

    Both scientists and artists should pride themselves in service to the society. Because your relevance depends on your service.
  • Oct 30 2013: If we believe that humans have needs related to self-actualization and emotional/psychological/spiritual growth, and that those needs are as important to us as our biological needs, then yes.
  • Oct 29 2013: Art and science don't contradict each other. In the slightest.
    Most people choose to specialize in one or the other (or neither, but bare with me) not because they're contradictory, but because modern society encourages specialization--this isn't a bad thing, its just how the market and society are set up. Both function better for it.
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    Oct 29 2013: Are you asking whether it is valuable for schools or government authorities that set standards to maintain their long-standing arts requirements or whether students should be required to take as many arts classes as they do science classes?
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    Oct 29 2013: in my opinion, art in all it's forms far outranks the sciences in importance.
    • Oct 30 2013: How would you substantiate your opinion? That is, i do agree, but what are some reasons?
  • Oct 29 2013: Of course, it is. Many of my colleagues are both scientists and artists, or at least appreciate art - by art I mean painting, sculpture, music, etc. As one of my friends said, "Science is for my mind but art is for my soul."