“The Third Culture is a 1995 book by John Brockman which discusses the work of several well-known scientists who are directly communicating their new, sometimes provocative, ideas to the general public. John Brockman has continued the themes of 'The Third Culture' in the website of the Edge Foundation, where leading scientists and thinkers contribute their thoughts in plain English. The title of the book refers to Charles Percy Snow's 1959 work The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution, which described the conflict between the cultures of the humanities and science.”

The Third Culture

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criticism and further perspective

  • Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge by E. O. Wilson as an attempt to bridge the gap between “the two cultures”
  • The Physicists Heisenberg and Schrödinger and the psychologist Piaget, who fulfill the criteria Brockman named for “third culture.” The German author Gabor Paal suggested that the idea of the “third culture” is a rather modern version of what Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel called Realphilosophie (philosophy of the real). The Third Culture
  • Contrasting scientific and humanistic knowledge is a repetition of the Methodenstreit of 1890 German universities.[13] In the social sciences it is also commonly proposed as the quarrel of positivism versus interpretivism.The_Two_Cultures