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The C.P.Snow "Two Cultures" battle at Virginia TECH explained by analysis of empirical data reports.

  01/13/15 12:20, by admin, Categories: Uncategorized
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The Two Cultures - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



The Two Cultures is the title of the first part of an influential 1959 Rede Lecture by British scientist and novelist C. P. Snow. Its thesis was that "the intellectual life ...

The "Two Cultures"   battle at Virgina Tech resulted in many casualties.
Let's review the  tragic situation.

Virginia Tech massacre - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


The Virginia Tech massacre was a school shooting that took place on April 16, 2007, on the campus of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in ...

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someone at INTERNET computer site -->

The Truth About the VT Shooting

As a student who graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree inEnglish in 2005, I had an experience in the English departmentthat paralleled almost exactly ...


The Truth About the VT Shooting

Originally published April 2007

Terrible experiences pose the riddle whether the person who has them is not terrible.
-- Friedrich Nietzsche

When I entered Virginia Tech and attended classes, I was immediately struck by the total lack of grounding students had in history, even basic knowledge about the world. It was not a question of lapses or holes in their knowledge. These kids really knew nothing. 
But Virginia Tech is essentially two schools. 
There is a math and science school, sustained by government research grants, and populated largely by students who have immigrated and were unable to get into a better school.
The other school is a backwater (humanities, etc)
Peopled mainly by white kids brought in by a clean sweep of an area with a three-hundred mile radius, these kids ended up at Virginia Tech because their grades in high school were nominally better than those of their peers. They are at Virginia Tech to get a degree in an empty subject ? like English ? and enjoy four years of partying hard.
The first school of the hard sciences constitutes a kind of dispirited elite nursing a hidden secret. The second school is what Virginia Tech has traditionally been: a farm school. Until recently, a photo could be seen on the university website of a smiling girl kneeling next to a cow.
elite nursing a hidden secret --> C.P.SNOW

 File:C. P. Snow.jpg

Charles Percy Snow CBE (15 October 1905 ? 1 July 1980), who was raised to the peerage as Baron Snow, of the City of Leicester, was an English chemist and novelist who also served in several important positions in the British Civil Service and briefly in the UK government.[1] He is best known for his series of novels known collectively as "Strangers and Brothers", and for "The Two Cultures", a 1959 lecture in which 

he laments the gulf between scientists and "literary intellectuals".

In  East Coast  universities  terminology -->

The gulf between Norris Hall engineering and the English department, humanities, social sciences, philiosophy,etc



The Two Cultures

The term two cultures has become a shorthand in certain academic circles for differences between two attitudes;

 Snow's position can be summed up by an often-repeated part of the essay:

A good many times I have been present at gatherings of people who, by the standards of the traditional culture, are thought highly educated and who have with considerable gusto been expressing their incredulity at the illiteracy of scientists. Once or twice I have been provoked and have asked the company how many of them could describe theSecond Law of Thermodynamics. The response was cold: it was also negative. Yet I was asking something which is the scientific equivalent of: Have you read a work of Shakespeare?s?[5]

I now believe that if I had asked an even simpler question ? such as, What do you mean by mass, oracceleration, which is the scientific equivalent of saying, Can you read? ? not more than one in ten of the highly educated would have felt that I was speaking the same language. So the great edifice of modern physics goes up, and the majority of the cleverest people in the western world have about as much insight into it as their neolithic ancestors would have had.[5]

In 2008, The Times Literary Supplement included The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution in its list of the 100 books that most influenced Western public discourse since the Second World War.[2]

Snow's Rede Lecture condemned the British educational system as having, since the Victorian era, over-rewarded the humanities (especially Latin and Greek) at the expense of scientific andengineering education......





The C.P. SNOW   debate  continues VIA  MR. SNOWDEN 


Edward Snowden - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



Edward Joseph Snowden (born June 21, 1983) is an American computer specialist, former employee of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and former ...



Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance ... ? ... ? World news ? The NSA files

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This paper  uses the  SYMBOL PROCESSORS that describe the Earthly universe AND and its contents.

Modern CMS (Content Management Systems) are used to describe EARTH contents   ....... .....  humans activities and  tragic signaling EVENTS.


In year 2014 ..... the TALE of 2 Cities provides an accurate perception of existence on EARTH.

1) physical existence of biology human beings, lumber houses, I-beams  of  iron/ cement/ glass office buildings, 4-wheeled automobiles with gasoline engines, etc

2) SYMBOL MACHINE existence ..... cities of black ink symbols and concepts --> chemistry books, computer manuals,   college textbooks on electronics,  books of algebra equations, etc., 


Thus we have modern view of EARTH .....  a symbol universe  that physical biology humans live within.  Humans are considered subsets  ...... living within.... embedded within Nature's symbol universe.


We are reminded of ....... 

Language in thought and action - S. I. Hayakawa - Google ... ? Language Arts & Disciplines ? Linguistics ? General‎
A revised, updated edition of S. I. Hayakawa's classic work on semantics. He discusses the role of language, its many functions, and how language shapes our ...


Hayakawa: A Summary - Personal Homepages‎
Apr 22, 2008 - Semantics is primarily concerned with meaning and reference, i.e. what Hayakawa calls the relationship between the «map» and the «territory» ...


Maps and Territories -‎


Uit: Language in Thought and Action, door S.I. Hayakawa.
Chapter 2 Symbols Maps and Territories
There is a sense in which we all live in two worlds. 




Korzybski's Structural Differential and Hayakawa's Abstraction Ladder. By Steve Stockdale. This paper was inspired by, and is addressed to, Andrea Johnson's ...
abstraction Ladder -‎


GENERAL SEMANTICS & RHINELAND MODEL ... abstractions and their relations is originated by Alfred Korzybski in his book Science and Sanity. ... Hayakawa's version starts with a real live animal, Bessie the cow. ... collected by Hayakawa in his archetypal version of the abstraction ladder, see the illustration alongside.



 what Hayakawa calls the relationship between the «map» and the «territory» ...

 Above, we see a ladder  ..... levels of thought and perception ..... like floors in a skyscraper building ..... instead this a SYMBOL  and LANGUAGE skyscraper.


It is important .. that even thou you may do most of your  SYMBOL  thinking and  job work at some level ..... that you can CONNECT (if  needed) to the other levels.

What happens is    .....  that because of televsion and other programs ... that are used to slowly  program the human brain computer  ......  certain ideeas and concepts can be implanted into your subsconcious MIND and  slowly ... over 20 or 30 years  .. take over your mind.

If the implanted ideas are okay, no problem.

If the implanted ideas, promote arrogance or a myopic view ...... then an individual can acquire those brain attitude features without being  consciously aware of that process.

Thus groups of people, that  think alike  .. whether a religious group, a university department or a governemnt agency  .....  can be vunerable to that problem process ...   because everyone in the group has the same    "school of thought" or  "frame of reference'. 

Thus, someone ... who thinks outside the box ... is sometimes needed to "Rock the Boat" ..... so the sedated group wakes up  ... and re-establisheds a more "down to EARTH"   frame of reference.   Thus... in a sense ..  we see Einstein's theory of relative VIEWING positions applied to social  psychology, etc.






"The Two Cultures", a 1959 lecture in which 

he laments the gulf between scientists and "literary intellectuals". -->

and the BP Gulf of Mexico incident at  Deepwater Horizon ... 

and the incomplete and inaccurate explanation given by the Department of Energy  about 

the BP  = Base Pair problem in existentialism  ...regarding the living EARTH cell.

The deeper levels of REALITY ....that are ignored  in newspaper reports of EVENTS.


Base pair (bp) definition for British Petroleum

Northwestern University


Jul 26, 2004 - Base pair (bp... Biology Glossary search by Everything ... The number of base pairs is often used as a measure of length of a DNA ...