Two cultures tensions

In hmolscience, two cultures tensions refers areas of conflict between the Clausius culture and the Shakespeare cultures, of the C.P. Snow divide, in respect to incompatible views of the humanities and human nature, the former tending to be materialistic, the latter spiritualistic (though this tends not to be often stated openly) and or neovitalistic, or thereabouts.

In 1848, English clergyman-abnegator turned historian, novelist, biographer, and editor James Froude published his semi-autobiographical Nemesis of Faith—which, according to David Knight (2009), owed much to Goethe’s novel of human and chemical reactions (Elective Affinities, 1809)—which lost him his fellowship at Exeter College, Oxford, where his book was publicly burned. [1] Froude went onto become the first English translator of Elective Affinities (1854), albeit done anonymously for his safety.

In 1855, the “gross materialist” German physician, physicist, philosopher Ludwig Buchner, as American philosopher Henry Finck (1877) characterized him, published his 1855 Force and Matter: Empirico-Philosophical Studies. The extreme materialism of this work, e.g. statements such as “just as man and woman attract one another, so oxygen attracts hydrogen”, excited so much opposition that he was compelled to give up his post at Tübingen, whereafter he retired to Darmstadt, practicing as a physician and contributing regularly to pathological and physiological magazines.

In 1925, French theologian and physical chemist Pierre Teilhard—the role model for the faith-renouncing priest Father Damien Karras in the 1971 horror novel turned 1973 film The Exorcist, by American writer William Blatty—had his “spiritual energetics” (spirit-matter theory) writings, a subject defined as “psychodynamics, on the analogy of thermodynamics” or a “motor force in the universe”, devoted to the study of “the conditions under which the human zest for auto-evolution and ultra-evolution occurs in relationship to dissipation”, banned by the church, for being against Catholic doctrine, after which he was excommunicated, leaving all of his extensive writings and work to be published posthumously.

America | Church / State
In the United States, owing to the 1802 "separation of church and state" clause, added to the US Constitution by Thomas Jefferson, it is difficult to find similar to above examples of materialism colliding with spiritualism resulting in tenure or job loss; if anything, the reverse situation is true: those teachers inclined to teach or preach creationism and the like will tend to lose their position and or job. The remaining issue, however, as documented well in the 2007 Monkey Girl: Evolution, Education, Religion, and the Battle for America's Soul , a non-fiction book about the Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District trial of 2005, which gives insight into the general view that teachers in America generally avoid and steer clear of any type of physical science trespassing into the territory traditionally controlled by religion, such as morals and meaning and a force and matter materialistic world—some US primary and high school teachers commenting how they will completely skip over the evolution chapters in class, so to avoid the thorny moral questions that often arise, and or parent complaints that their students are being de-Christianized, is that the physicochemical materialistic approach to addressing these so-called "thorny moral issues" is left discussed, according to which atrophy has resulted throughout America, the atheist scientist generally keeping to themselves about his or her own non-Christian belief system.

Social Physics
The following are noted "social physics" two cultures tensions quotes:

“In the early nineteen-twenties it had become clear that natural science and technology would continue their triumphant advances while the social and humane studies, in order to reduce their tragic lag, would need to be equipped with methods far more effective than archaic types of merely verbal reasoning. With untrammeled enthusiasm of a youthful PhD in physics, I expected to find a general sympathy with this [social physics] program but the case was otherwise. There is a proverb that ‘in the country of the blind the one-eyed man is king’, the falsity of which has been depicted in the story by H.G. Wells. One has to find for himself that in the country of the blind—meaning university faculties and their learned societies—the one-eyed man meets with lifted eyebrows.”
John Q. Stewart (c.1955), commentary on the friction involved in his decade-long effort to get “social physics” established at Princeton

“Immaturity, lack of imagination, 'doctrinaire departmentalism', and [in particular] overspecialization is choking modern scholarship and limiting man’s communication with his fellows.”
John Q. Stewart (1955), commentary on the friction involved in his decade-long effort to get “social physics” established at Princeton [2]

“To suggest that humans could behave like atoms was looked upon as a blasphemy to both hard science and human complexity, a total nonsense, something to be condemned. And it has been indeed condemned during the last fifteen years.”
Serge Galam (2004), “Sociophysics: a Personal Testimony”

See also
Human molecule (banned)
Lionel Harrison
Stark classification

1. (a) Knight, David. (2009). The Making of Modern Science: Science, Technology, Medicine and Modernity: 1789-1914 (Elective Affinities, pgs. 29, 184, 255). Polity Press.
(b) David M. Knight (faculty) – Durham University.
2. Staff. (1955). “Research in Progress: Social Physics”, Princeton Alumni Weekly, 55:17.

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