MNQ | Monday’s Noontide Query: Artsy Skepticism or Skeptical Art?


Hmmm. That title is just screaming to be read as a false dichotomy. No biggie. It’s late, and bedtime beckons with somnolent fingers of lethargic doom.

The inquiry and hypothesis testing of the scientific process is heavily skeptical in nature, even when it’s often our intuitive and imaginative faculties that enable us to see new ways of looking at things, to combine them in novel and different ways, to conceive new scientific ideas that we then must work a rigorous interrogation of the world to confirm or confute.

Though skepticism and science are so heavily intertwined, skeptical thinking is hardly unique to science, but part of any attempt to ask hard questions and gain answers about ourselves and reality, including objective facts about subjective states, such as our current feelings, perceptions, and attitudinal perspectives.

Some of these subjective states involve our views of art, and in blending that art with matters of fact and fact-finding, art turned to the service of science and skepticism.

Beside the numerous online sources dealing with this subject matter, many with broad mainstream acceptance, at least among internet denizens, there’s a good market for not only science and skeptically themed webcomic anthologies, but also for art in other media as well, like pendants, posters, clothing, paintings, statuettes and other sculpture, photographic work, music, and online galleries of digital art.

It should come as little surprise that some science and critical thinking nerds have no mean talent when it comes to artistic expression.

So,

What is the most memorable piece of science or skeptically-themed art or music you’ve seen or listened to in the last few weeks? Why?

MNQ is a question that I pose to you, my readers, and do feel free to comment…I’m not a baby-eating ogre, and I don’t bite…very hard. MNQ is published on Monday of most weeks at 12:00 PM.

About Troy Loy

I seek to learn through this site and others how to better my ability as a person and my skill at using my reason and understanding to best effect. I do fractal artwork as a hobby, and I'm working to develop it to professional levels, though I've a bit to go till I reach that degree of skill! This is a crazy world we're in, but maybe I can do a little, if only that, to make it a bit more sane than it otherwise would be.

Posted on Monday, 12:00, February 6, 2012, in Queries & Inquiry and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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