Similarities and Differences
Great work so far. By Friday it was more clear to me how inquiry is common to all human understanding/exploration/generation of meaning. Each domain can be characterized by a process of inquiry that continues to give birth to revised and novel stories, some about ourselves, our emotions our hopes and fears, some about the external material world that we live in as well as stories about our emotions, hopes and fears. Many comments to this effect in the online forum as well.
But what about the differences between the Humanities and the Sciences.
Let's Compare and Contrast:
|Understanding, Creation of Meaning||Understanding, Creation of Meaning
Exploring Human emotions, artifacts and self
|Exploring material world, mostly outside of self and human emotions ( some overlap with humanities particularly with cognative sciences).|
|Self reflection on emotions, human artifacts.||
Reflections on subject using controled, repeatable, falsifiable methods.
| Priveledges self expression and the subjective.
||Priveledges interpretations that minimize subjective points of view. All interpretations are subjective, but science strives for explanitory narritives that remove as much interpretation as possible.
What needs work in the above table? Additions? Subtractions?
Both are story telling, but about different "things". The only difference is the content.
Another difference is the tools each domain primarily use.
What about the similarities and differences between a Bacteria, a Strawberry and a Human?
List as many similarities as you can between a singled-celled Bacteria, a Strawberry and a Human:
- - dna or rna (nucleic acids)
- - alive
- - perform complex chemical rxs
- - bounded: membranes, lipid/liquid fats
- - cells
- - made of parts
- need food, source of energy
- need water
- respire/metabolize - break down energy
- produce outputs
- hold 'em
crime scene investigation
Let's isolate and look at the stuff of life. Click - here - for the written procedure for strawberry DNA extraction.
Click - here - for overview, images and a useful metaphor for DNA