I found a small refresher about Huxley:
"In his speech at the Royal banquet, Prof. Huxley offered some suggestive and interesting remarks on the relations between science on the one hand and art and literature on the other. "...We speak in symbols. I am not at all sure that the conceptions of science have much more correspondence with reality than the colours of the artist have; but they are the symbols by which we are constantly recalling the order and beauty of Nature...acquiring a greater insight into the mystery and wonder which are around us...
Prof. Huxley maintained that the remedy lies in the recognition of "the great truth that art and literature and science are one, and that the foundation of every sound education and preparation for active life in which a special education is necessary should be some efficient training in all three."
For a 3 minute speech or short essay, I would suggest that you come up with several key ideas or 'talking points.' You might use this structure:
-Give brief background on Huxley, showing how he communicated in artistic/cultural and scientific circles, and thought it was critical to have efficient training in 'science and art and literature.'
-Draw parallels between your life and Huxley's. Huxley lived through two world wars. What environmental issues have impact on the way you think or communicate? How have your experiences and the technological age pushed you to think integrate various ways of thinking? How do different types of discourse--science, literature, etc.--inform eachother in your daily life or academic studies? What do you currently study--what type of skills does this discipline demand you use?
-Make a claim. Show how communication and education have evolved in light of Huxley's famous speech. Many new academic disciplines necessitate an almost 'scientific' approach. On the other hand, how is science informed by 'liberal arts,' and how do traditionally 'artistic' qualities like creativity inform science?
I would love to see the original prompt for this essay/speech--then I could give you even more specific guidelines.
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