Beethoven said 'Only art and science can raise men from manliness to godliness'. It can be argued that the overwhelming consideration of our time is the issue of people of different ethnicity, class, and culture learning to live together peacefully in an overcrowded and often badly managed world. For decades, artists of all stripes have been addressing this problem by creating new and innovative forms that combine, mix, fuse, or incorporate dramatically different, styles, tastes, viewpoints, and genres. The mash-up, mixed beats in music, fusion restaurants, combined fashion designs, and mixed media are popular examples. Similar forms exist throughout the arts. At the same time, scientists are discovering new avenues of commonality in the vast reaches of the universe, fundamental evidence that connects each of us within our species, that connects us with other species, that provides a link to our common ancestor at the origin of life. There are many examples that deeply link us to Nature. So are we making progress in curbing fear and intolerance? Can art and science shine a bright enough light to change the world? Perhaps. The key is to promote ideas, creativity, and exploration.
A Collection of Writings on Nature, Science, and Art by John Holland