The World of Phi-Sci

The incredible power of liberal arts thinkers: Did you know they fuel discovery and innovation between disparate fields—including science and technology?


The World of Phi-Sci

So an evolutionary biologist, a philosopher, and a yeast cell walked into a bar.

You think I'm making this up, don't you? Actually, the only made-up part is the bar.

The biologist and the philosopher really did get together—in truth, there were
several of them—but it was in a lecture hall, not a bar, and yeast cells really did perform some fascinating gyrations for them—in a laboratory. So fascinating, and so significant, was the performance that it made headlines in newspapers and scientific journals around the world. (See for yourself online—we'll tell you how later.)

This issue of Reach is about what can happen when we use both liberal arts and scientific thinking to look at the world. Like when flint hits steel, sparks fly. We get new insights. Solutions. Breakthroughs!

- Mary Pattock, editor

Where Phi met Sci (in the room next door)

Mixing scientific and liberal arts thinking lets scientists and philosophers ask the big questions that lead to path-breaking science—and philosophy. Read more

Breaking into thought

Science advances by way of approximations, errors and biases—not despite them. This is one of William Wimsatt's iconoclastic opinions.Wimsatt holds one of CLA's Winton Chair Visiting Professorships. Read more



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