This was one of the first articles I wrote into. It is the start of me finding my voice, as it were. As a scientist and an artist I find the whole two cultures argument boring and unproductive. I have re-posted the comment below with the link to the original piece. I would add now; a comment on, Nabokov author, writer of Lolita and world class butterfly expert.
My original comment was: MauriceJ
22 August 2011 7:27AM
There is a good body of research that suggests that the fundamental creative urge and key skills of (pre-verbal) thinking are the same regardless of the mode of expression: artistic or scientific. Check out the published works of Michele and Robert Root-Bernstein as examples.
Three anecdotes: A Nobel prize winning chemist (actually I know of two) who draw the figure in their spare time. The life drawing group I attend; half the group science, engineering or medical professionals, An emeritus professor of biology I know who taught his students to draw; essential skill.
Compliments on encouraging cross-over thinking.