No War Between Art and Science

I’m a professional computer programmer and a poet. Some see a battle between contemporary data science and the humanities, but I do not. To the contrary, I believe that technical science uninformed by the arts and the humanities is a soulless project. It’s a meme propagated by corporate types seeking to build labor pools of unaware, compliant technicians. But those are the very people unable to create software that is alive and inventive and which reflects real human psychology.

There are several poems about work in American Software, but I think Day Shift at the Hula Hoop Factory pretty much captures the feel of the modern workplace.

Last year I visited the city of Miletus in Turkey. Home of the first scientist. What did I find there? An ancient theater. We are science makers and story tellers.

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