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My Life in Relation to the Two Cultures

My name is Jen and I am a Psychology major. In particular, I think my background of Psychology really made the lectures by Professor Vesna quite intriguing. I was able to connect what she talked about to what I have learned through my college years. However, fortunately, Psychology is right in between South and North Campus with the inverted fountain. I have previously taken art courses to fulfill my general education along with hard sciences. Thus, I can say that I’ve been acquainted with both fields. I do feel the separation of the two cultures and I practice stereotypes myself. The lecture of Two cultures definitely debunked my stereotype that artists know nothing of science. I’m shocked to find out how much artists are aware of science. I don’t call myself a scientist, but having to go back and take pre-requisites for veterinary schools, I will have to become a scientist. Therefore, I will definitely be familiar with science field along with my psychology background (more artsy field compare to sciences). I’ve often experience this separation of the two cultures because many people refer to science majors as south campus and arts as north campus. Oftentimes, people of south campus feel superior to those of north campus. Despite that psychology is in between the south and north, it is still considered as a “north campus major”. Thus, this demonstrates that stereotypes also exist at UCLA. As shown geographically on campus map and by the names of the buildings according to field (as mentioned in lecture video), there’s a segregation of the two culture in our very own campus. This is due to the flaw of our current education, which is fueled by the economy.

As mentioned is the RSA video, our education system needs improvement, it desperately needs a shifting paradigm. For example, due to standardized testing and way of teaching, the number of students diagnosed with ADHD is significant. Here’s a link with statistics to intimate one of the problems in our education.

Here’s a link, which I found interesting, that further shows the concept of how science and art segregated because they were together as one in the past.

If anyone has time or is interested, here’s an article that strictly talks about the problems that were created due to the segregation of art and sciences. It’s a relatively brief.

I have also provided two pictures of what “mad artist” and “mad scientist” is suppose to look like, which conveys the stereotype we hold for each. This will allow you to contrast the two.

~Jen-Ling Nieh

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