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'Humanities, Sciences: Radically Different but Vital Enterprises'

October 22, 1988

It's unfortunate and surprising that The Times would publish Lee Dembart's thinly veiled denigration of the humanities in his article extolling scientific progress (Science/Medicine, Oct. 10). His obvious prejudice makes one question his motives.

Sadly, I can't argue with Dembart when he says science has made "clear progress." Imagine what the world would be like if science had not made these giant strides: a world without life-threatening pollution; without a hazardously reduced ozone layer; without chemical and germ warfare; without the constant threat of nuclear holocaust. Of course, I'm being unfair by ignoring one side of the equation; but that's the same crime Dembart is guilty of.

If there is salvation for mankind from the horrors that science and technology have wrought, I believe it will come from the civilizing effects of the arts, not from a bunch of ivory-tower theoreticians.

DANIEL BURNHAM

Bishop

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