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I found a very nice definition of art in, of all places, my abstract algebra textbook: "Science is what we understand well enough to explain to a computer. Art is everything else we do." ~ Donald Knuth. Should I add it? Wehpudicabok (talk) 05:12, 15 April 2011 (UTC)

"Tide goes in, tide goes out. Never a miscommunication. You can't explain that".. to a computer. Icewedge (talk) 05:18, 15 April 2011 (UTC)

Examples, classification, "the arts," etc.[edit]

Art isn't directly related to RationalWiki's mission, but there's an article, and it seems to be screaming "art can be cynically defined as 'whatever you can get away with'" into a void. Examples, perhaps, could give context.

More stuff about censorship would be related to the mission (of examining authoritarianism); and more detail about the history of religion and art would be nice.

I (not an expert on the above topics) still want to write a bunch of examples on this page, and attempt to classify the arts... just to clarify what most people think of when they hear "art": expressive--but well-crafted--and "aesthetic" projects, created in some medium, to be experienced and appreciated, in some way, by others.

So my question is: Should I add general examples, or the more common theories/positions, to this article? Placebo1234 (talk) 00:58, 11 January 2017 (UTC)

More formal definition of art[edit]

I have a somewhat original theory for integrating science into art that I've been developing for the last 2 decades. It fuses Hume's guillotine and what I call the "Golden Contrast" into one model for describing art (and 5 other disciplines) as the superset of those disciplines. It can be explained to a computer using set theory in what I call "ontological chemistry." It complements the main article so far, and provides a little more to build on. I've published an Apple Book that goes thoroughly (excessively) into depth on the theory. I have a YouTube channel that animates the diagrams from that book. I'd like to publish and test simpler introductions of the theory here.

Anyone interested can look at my user page. Depending on the response, I will discuss more about the theory on this talk page and provide free copies of the book for peer review. I will eventually add the parts that stand up to scrutiny to the main page of this article. --Art Boy (talk) 18:39, 23 December 2022 (UTC)