Humanizing Science: Lessons from Artists
James Gillooly, University of Florida

Much like the artistic process, the scientific process involves formulating ideas, testing and modifying those ideas, and effectively communicating them. And yet, the training of scientists is largely focused on testing and modifying ideas based on logico-deductive reasoning, facts, and methodology. Objectivity is the ethos. But, the processes involved in formulating ideas and communicating them are fundamentally subjective ones in which we have little training. Here I discuss what we might learn from artists about formulating ideas, solving problems, and effective communication. In doing so, I share examples of collaborations with artists in both teaching and research.

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