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423f11-genefinding - Bacterial Gene Finding CMSC 423 Is it...

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Unformatted text preview: Bacterial Gene Finding CMSC 423 Is it O.K. to be a Luddite? The New York Times Book Review 28 October 1984, pp. 1, 40-41. As if being 1984 weren't enough, it's also the 25th anniversary this year of C. P. Snow's famous Rede lecture, "The Two Cultures and the ScientiFc Revolution," notable for its warning that intellectual life in the West was becoming polarized into "literary" and "scientiFc" factions, each doomed not to understand or appreciate the other. The lecture was originally meant to address such matters as curriculum reform in the age of Sputnik and the role of technology in the development of what would soon be known as the third world. But it was the two-culture formulation that got people's attention. In fact it kicked up an amazing row in its day. To some already simpliFed points, further reductions were made, provoking certain remarks, name-calling, even intemperate rejoinders, giving the whole affair, though attenuated by the mists of time, a distinctly cranky look. Today nobody could get away with making such a distinction. Since 1959, we have come to live among ows of data more vast than anything the world has seen. DemystiFcation is the order of our day, all the cats are jumping out of all the bags and even beginning to mingle. We immediately suspect ego insecurity in people who may still try to hide behind the jargon of a specialty or pretend to some data base forever "beyond" the reach of a layman. Anybody with the time, literacy, and access fee can get together with just about any piece of specialized knowledge s/he may need. So, to that extent, the two- cultures quarrel can no longer be sustained. As a visit to any local library or magazine rack will easily conFrm, there are now so many more than two cultures that the problem has really become how to Fnd the time to read anything outside one's own specialty. Is it O.K. to be a Luddite? The New York Times Book Review 28 October 1984, pp. 1, 40-41. As if being 1984 weren't enough, it's also the 25th anniversary this year of C. P. Snow's famous Rede lecture, "The Two Cultures and the ScientiFc Revolution," notable for its warning that intellectual life in the West was becoming polarized into "literary" and "scientiFc" factions, each doomed not to understand or appreciate the other. The lecture was originally meant to address such matters as curriculum reform in the age of Sputnik and the role of technology in the development of what would soon be known as the third world. But it was the two-culture formulation that got people's attention. In fact it kicked up formulation that got people's attention....
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