The problem of “the two cultures” is not, in fact, a problem at all. There’s a reason that art and science are distinct. They don’t just work in different ways; they work on different things. Science addresses external reality, which lies outside our minds and makes itself available for objective observation. The arts address our experience of the world; they tell us what reality feels like. That is why the chain of consilience ruptures as we make the leap from material phenomena to the phenomena of art.
I need to learn more about the “disciples of consilience” and the “science studies hucksters” mentioned here. Would these include Latour and co? I enjoyed the article and can get behind the thrust of it (humanistic knowledge has value in and of itself) but at the same time I am not convinced art and science are distinct to the extent that they do not and should not interact.