Because I am a Bad Person who thinks and types relatively slowly, I have been lax about following up to the many excellent posts that have been written in response to this weekend’s two cultures posts. Let me attempt to address that in a small way by linking a whole bunch of them now:
My rant was actually anticipated by this post at “It’s The Thought That Counts,”, which was pointed out to me in comments.
Janet had the first direct response, with a later follow-up speculating about the reasons for the divide. As I said in one of my own comment threads, I think a lot of it has to do with academic politics: in my experience, scientists are less likely to take an interest in curricular matters, and thus the distribution/ general education requirements get written in a way that gives more emphasis to the humanities. This is a tricky area to write about in detail, though.
Razib provides examples of some of the things that upset people on both sides.
John Wilkins offers a defense of post-modernism, sort of. He’s got loads of links and examples, including two of the stupidest things I’ve ever read about physics (thankfully, he’s not citing them positively).
Tom says “Me, Too!”.
And, finally, I might be reading too much into this, but today’s Ph.D. Comic almost seems like an oblique comment on the same issues.
So, there you go. I’m sure I missed some– Technorati has been flaky as hell of late. If you wrote something brilliant on the subject and I didn’t link it, it’s just an oversight. Leave a link in the comments.