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ON TOPIC Science as the Subject of Art By Erik P Hoel Why should art concern itself with science? Why not just let science pass by unattended to, unremarked upon, why not let science toil in its own halls under its own mechanistic means? Why attempt to engage the Titan that moves past you in the dark? There is no doubt that culture is becoming more scientific, not in its methodology, but in its daily concerns, topics, metaphors, standards of truth. By this I am referring not to science as what is practiced by scientists, but rather, I mean science in the dayto-day basis of an educated human being’s life. What science is on such a day-to-day basis is not the technology that permeates our society — that is always treated in accordance with Clarke’s third law anyways. When person A needs help from person B in setting up a Wi-Fi, or when person C stands atop their broken-down car to get service, there is no way in which this is scientific. The way we experience science is not in this manner. Rather, science is a premier binding mythos of the current age, pervading the semantic and functional structure of everyd