The New Liberal Arts

February 11, 2009

There is an interesting conversation on what the new liberal arts should be on the Snarkmarket blog.

It’s 2009. A generation of digital natives is careening towards college. The economy is rebooting itself weekly. We have new responsibilities now — as employees, citizens, and friends — and we have new capabilities, too. The new liberal arts equip us for a world like this. But… what are they?

I would suggest that three disciplines are of paramount importance:

  1. Economics, the study of resource management, from home economics to global financial markets.
  2. Algorithmics, the study of process, causality, and complex systems, including modelling, forecasting, and optimisation.
  3. Politics, the art of communication, compromise, instigation, and implementation in the context of group dynamics.

OC

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