Is science more important to the public than the arts?

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A JOINT POST BY VERSATILE MOLECULE AND GENUINE CAT

GC= Genuine cat VM=Versatile Molecule

Reporter: My name is Eddie Fielding, and welcome to 'ArtNewsToday'. Today’s question: Is science more important to the public than the arts? Joining me to discuss this are Versatile Molecule and Genuine Cat.

Reporter turns to the screen displaying Versatile Molecule and Genuine Cat.

Reporter: Good morning to you both.

VM and GC: Morning.

Reporter: What is your opinion Versatile Molecule, is science more important to the public than the arts?

VM: I think both science and art are equally important to the public. A study conducted by The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing shows that art has a positive impact on mental health. Art can help relieve stress, anxiety and depression and strengthen cognitive reserve. The arts can bring entertainment and joy and can make people less lonely. The mental effect of the arts is priceless. Science is important to the public as well because through science, we can understand the world around us and our place in it, we can cure disease. Without science living conditions would be nothing like they are today, and life expectancy would be short. Science has allowed us to monitor for droughts, see the effects we have on the earth and much more. To summarise, I think art and science are equally important to the public because the arts can bring entertainment, joy and can improve mental health and strengthens the cognitive reserve while science helps us understand the world around us which means we can make many other advancements.

Reporter: What’s your opinion Genuine Cat?

GC: I agree with you, Versatile Molecule. Science can greatly benefit us in many ways including helping us to understand our world. I would like to add, that with art you can express yourself in many ways, get across messages, embed deeper meanings or even, like you said, make people happier. Science and art go hand in hand, for example, in the study conducted by The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing they actually used science to breakdown the results of the test about how art impacts us. Science can help us understand, and art can make us feel emotional or express creativity and ourselves. On the other hand, art lovers could say, communication is what makes us human, art helps us do that in even more ways than one. Art can be anything you want it to be, a pile of junk, a painting, a pen. It is what you have a passion or special place for. For a lot of people art will be more important than science because of how broad the term is and how much can fit into that. Science lovers could say that the auction system for art is unfair, because in most auctions the money goes to the seller not the actual artist…And also that it is ridiculous that people pay millions to buy artwork. But in my view, they are equally important and go hand in hand.

Reporter: Thank you.

The video call ends, and the Reporter turns back to the main camera.

A JOINT POST BY Versatile_Molecule and Genuine_Cat: BNC has been fantastic for us both in developing our reasoning, scepticism, open-mindedness and speaking up skills. We will miss it dearly. Thank you for a wonderful year.

Comments (2)

  • tom Tom @ the BNC
    17 Jul 2020

    What a wonderful way to end the year! Thank you for sharing such an inventive and detailed set of responses to this question. It's worth wondering, can science be artistic? And can art be scientific?

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  • Halsnead logo hopeful_city | Halsnead Primary School
    17 Jul 2020

    Tis a wonderful post! You two are very good at writing posts! The ending is so emotional! I will miss BNC dearly too! 💕💕

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