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In his work Science The Glorious Entertainment Jacques Barzun claims that science has become a producer of distress and disturbance while its technology has created a sense of human helplessness as we attempt to control nature and the world around us Barzun claims that man observes science as the only reliable source of explanation on this earth yet as we continue to learn more and more we are brought back to the belief in God The readers mind is tugged in a number of directions as the author touches upon several subjects in order to establish a deep thought process and critical thinking within the reader The reader attempts to reason and answer some of Barzuns open-ended questions only to find that they are confusing and unanswerable We cannot define science or many of the other subjects mentioned in this piece for they cannot be completely grasped and are ultimately unattainable Barzuns book begins with a description of culture as a large pumpkin which is hard to penetrate and understand Our culture like that of a pumpkin has many enormous uncharted hollows and it is full of many seeds ideas that will lead us down several different unknown paths of excitement and wonder in the future Barzun mentions CP Snow and disagrees with his claim that we are a society of two cultures The author feels that Snow is wrong in his assumption that mankind is separated into two cultures that are being separated further and further Barzun states that if we assume two cultures then most of the population is left out of Snows definition for we are not all merely scientific or non-scientific The author backs his claim with evidence that we as one single culture came from a set of common roots and ideas that have grown to encompass all of mankind Barzun brings up a question asking if specialization is merely a system that serves the individual and if it will
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