[Madrigal] - A Culture Divided

My name is John Madrigal. I am a senior majoring in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics (MIMG). It’s unclear what I’ll be doing after graduation, but I am optimistic that my future to become a doctor will not be impeded. Growing up I always had a knack for the culture of science. It began by having a good understanding of mathematics and later found its way to biology, chemistry, and physics. I did dabble in the art field by learning the trumpet, but later grew out of it as high school went along. It was encouraged when I was younger to try to broaden my horizons to try to feel out what I was good at and where I can potentially develop a career. It wasn’t until college where I was heavily encouraged by my educational institution to determine a specialty by choosing a major.  In the Two Cultures lecture, the separation of humanities and science placed educational institutions in possessing a hand in this problem. At UCLA, there is a distinction between humanities and science through the separation of North and South campus. The architecture between the two parts of UCLA are different and there are stereotypes behind being a part of North or South campus.  There were even T-shirts being made to emphasize the fact that the two are different.

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It is encouraging that this gap between humanities and science is starting to come closer, shown by the creation of this class. The rapid development of technology, especially the internet, has created a massive growth of information to be shared which encourages collaboration.  Pop culture has been a center for many of these collaborations. These range from different fashion designers coming together and making stunning pieces of work to different recording artists and producers making mash ups with new sounds. In the lecture we saw last week, scientist and artist are attempting to bridge the gap and bring art and science back together to the days of Leonardo Di Vinci. Hopefully in the near future, the internet helps play a role in the closing of the gap and maybe one day have the term science and art become synonymous once again. 

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