Why You Need the Humanities to Combat the “Big Shaggy”

Conservative columnist David Brooks argues for the necessity of studying the humanities for understanding the vicissitudes and seeming irrationality of human behavior. Great books (novels, plays, philosophical treatises) explore “emotional veins” of human existence in ways that other “scientific” disciplines have difficulty explaining. He cites several recent examples of world-historical events that cannot be fully accounted for by conventional science, but that seem fairly predictable to those deeply familiar with the humanities. Read more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/08/opinion/08brooks.html?hp 

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