Engineering and the Humanities

Let’s consider for a moment things like art, music, literature, history, and philosophy.  These disciplines or areas of study are often described as the “humanities.”  (We could add others.)

What they have in common, in large measure, is that they reflect ways that we humans express ourselves about what the human experience is like.  We draw pictures or sing songs or write stories or poems or histories or thoughtful reflections about life in all of its manifestations.  (Is this not the ultimate in unstructured data?)  The study of the humanities provides valuable intellectual balance.  It shows us the world through other’s eyes.