Relative Importance of different fields of study?
Just thought of something which might prove to be an interesting discussion topic: Of all the major fields of study currently being pursued by the human race, which ones do you think are most important (to yourself or to society at large), and of least importance? Or how would you rank them?
Here's a tentative list of the major branches of knowledge, by my definition (open to change if you want):
- Physical sciences - Studies of how the physical world of matter and energy interact. (Physics, Chemistry, some forms of Engineering, etc.)
- Life / Biological sciences - Studies of living organisms and their biological processes. (Biology, Medicine, Pharmacy, some forms of Engineering, etc.)
- Computational sciences - Studies of numbers, calculation, and information processes. (Math, IT and Computer Science, etc.)
- Social sciences - Studies on the patterns of behaviour that emerge out of human interaction and societal groups. (Economics, Psychology, Anthropology, Media studies)
- Humanities - Studies on the nature of humans and our relationship with the world around us. (Philosophy, History, Literature, Religious Studies, etc.)
- Organizational studies - Studies on the methods needed to effectively run a group of people, whether an enterprise or a society. (Law, Business, Political Science, Civics)
- Fine Arts - Studies on creative techniques to express truths or opinions through a particular medium. (Art, Music, Drama, Creative Writing, etc.)
I'm sure I missed a few, and perhaps your groupings of specific subjects might be different from mine (feel free to state your own). But out of these, which ones do you think are most useful to society, or to your own life, and which ones can you (or we) do without?