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    The function of science is to reassure and the purpose of art is to upset.Therein lies the value of each.


    Hello friends ,

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    I guess , nobody has tried this topic.

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    well i think i can write sth and post it on later

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    题目:ISSUE176 - "The function of science is to reassure; the purpose of art is to upset. Therein lies the value of each."


    The speaker asserts that the function of science is to reassure while the purpose of art is to upset. And their value lie in these functions. I find the claims of the speaker to be exparte. In my point of view, the final judgement should depend on a case-by-case analysis of both of them.

    In the first place, science do have the function to reassure. In my mind, the objective of science is to explore the basic law and the pricinples of this world, the universe and ourselves. Through science research we could discover the internal essence of so many phenomenons around us which help us to overcome the fearness to the unknown things. For example, physical laws and pricinples reassure us of what we have observed in the physical world, help us better understand this mysterious and complex world.

    On the other hand, some science serve to upset something that has long existed in people's mind. Especially to some of our conventional and traditional customs. Just image how a little child would be upset when he was told normal human beings can not change to spiderman after bited by a spider. To those people who believe our earth is the centre of the universe, Copernicus' heliocentric theory could be a super storm in their belief system and also a strong shocking to the society. Another example is Darwin's evolutionism, for those people who have strong religion belief, this could be tremendous disturbance. In short, sometimes science serves to reassure while sometimes to upset.

    In the second place, for many situations, art has a function to reassure but not to upset. After all, the primarily definition of the function of the art is that they provide people pleasure and beauty. From many of the paintings ever since middle centrury, we might find the massages of love and redemption. We could sense the peaceful feelings from a painting about Christ. Also there are other art forms aim at reassuring, such as Beethoven's sonata "Moonlight" and Stroravsky's "rites od spring".

    However, when some artists try to express ideas different from other's. They may create productions that upset . Some painters of Renaissance, for example, would like to paint horrible sight of purgatory---which is obviously upsetting and disconcerting. What is more, some artists use art as the medium to express opposing to the society. This is a more offensive way--to agitate for social change. Take Honore Daumier, a French caricaturist, as an example, he used his satire to protest monarchical government of Louis Philippe and made great effect to the people and society of the day.

    In sum, when it come to the functiond and value of sicence and art, the speaker gives unappropriate assertions. In the final anlysis, both science and art have the functions of reassure and upset in different situations.

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    Hi Steven-lau,

    great one!! You have composed a very well structured and very convincing essay.

    thy approach to the subject is perfect.well done & keep it up!!

    rajas.

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    Excellent argument, steven-lau! Here are a few grammatical notes to keep in mind for the future. Very nicely done!

    The speaker asserts that the function of science is to reassure while the purpose of art is to upset. And their value lies in these functions. I find the claims of the speaker to be ex parte. In my point of view, the final judgment should depend on a case-by-case analysis of both of them.

    In the first place, science does have the function to reassure. In my mind, the objective of science is to explore the basic law and the principles of this world, the universe and ourselves. Through science research we could discover the internal essence of so many phenomena around us which help us to overcome the fear of the unknown things. For example, physical laws and principles reassure us of what we have observed in the physical world, help us better understand this mysterious and complex world.

    On the other hand, some science serves to upset something that has long existed in people's minds. Especially to some of our conventional and traditional customs. Just image how a little child would be upset when he was told normal human beings can not change to Spiderman after being bitten by a spider. To those people who believe our earth is the centre of the universe, Copernicus' heliocentric theory could be a super storm in their belief system and also a strong shocking to the society. Another example is Darwin's evolutionism, for those people who have strong religious belief, this could be tremendous disturbance. In short, sometimes science serves to reassure while sometimes to upset.

    In the second place, for many situations, art has a function to reassure but not to upset. After all, the primarily definition of the function of the art is that they provide people pleasure and beauty. From many of the paintings ever since middle century (Medieval Times?), we might find the messages of love and redemption. We could sense the peaceful feelings from a painting about Christ. Also there are other art forms aimed at reassuring, such as Beethoven's sonata "Moonlight" and Stroravsky's "rites od spring".

    However, when some artists try to express ideas different from other's. They may create productions that upset . Some painters of Renaissance, for example, would like to paint horrible sights of purgatory---which is obviously upsetting and disconcerting. What is more, some artists use art as the medium to express opposing to the society. This is a more offensive way--to agitate for social change. Take Honore Daumier, a French caricaturist, as an example, he used his satire to protest monarchical government of Louis Philippe and made great effect to the people and society of the day.

    In sum, when it come to the function and value of science and art, the speaker gives inappropriate assertions. In the final analysis, both science and art have the functions of reassure and upset in different situations.

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    thank you bichita13 for the amendment of the grammar !!
    I'll keep that in mind!

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