Philosophy, Science, and Art

Day 022 Week 04 Q1 Monday, January 22, 2024

Does philosophy begin asking questions? Once we get a sufficient number of answers and begin to organize them, do they turn into a science?  Science requires repeatability. The repeatability has to come from others than the original person asking the question and performing the first experiment. It also helps a great deal to have units in order to perform measurements to determine if something is, in fact, repeatable.

Once the same questions continue to get the same answers over and over again, we can begin to think that we have obtained some knowledge. And with repeatable numerical results supporting specificity in answers to questions, we begin to have the foundations of science. This knowledge often has a context-dependent meaning, which is where philosophy comes in.

Art, however, is more than simply asking and answering questions. There is usually some tangible manifestation of the answers to these questions, which can be represented as a work of art, a performance, or an intervention. To begin with, asking the same questions led to science, and as science matures, it becomes transcended by expression, which can also be called art.

Anything raised to the highest level is considered an art. There appears to be a continuum, beginning with philosophy, then advancing to science, and finally advancing to Art.  

All of them begin by asking questions. Curiosity drives us to try to understand the world around us. So, we ask questions. And some of us ask a lot of questions. Those who ask the most questions get the most answers. These answers may not be simple, especially when the answers are not repeatable or measurable. This is one of the reasons some of us ask a lot of questions over and over again.

This is where science comes from. Ultimately, it is also where art comes from.  The universe impinges upon all of us, but not all of us feel compelled to emit a response. The act of a meeting in response to what happens to us is generally involuntary and one of the characteristics of an artist, inventor, or creator of any type.

It is a simple cycle. Things happen to us. We ask questions. Are generally dissatisfied with the answers. So, we continue to ask questions until we begin to get answers that are more satisfactory. Sometimes, we feel the need to explain these answers to others or to manifest them in forms beyond words.

There is much we seek to understand and much we seek to explain. Ultimately, this puts us on the path from philosophy to science to art. At least it puts some of us on that path, which can often feel extremely inconvenient to everyone else, that is until they have a problem they can’t solve.

At that point, some of the time, creative outliers get a chance to solve problems that everyone else is worried about. This generally does not happen until the rest of the world is terrified.

The terror always precedes the breakthrough.  It is all part of the path in the context of philosophy, science, and art.