Glendon Mellow of the Flying Trilobite ruminates on the purposes of scientific art in a guest post at Scientific American: “Scientific accuracy in art”. Out of the post, I really like his twist on “different ways of knowing”:
I think a "Way of Knowing" is putting the (painterly, Impressionistic) cart before the (fully-3D-rendered, proper lighting and gamma) horse. The purpose, the path, the roadway of science-art is a Way of Exploring.
The reference to Different Ways of Knowing™ is one of the most irksome elements of the #AAAfail controversy. Mellow’s post is completely unrelated, but I like this alternate way of putting together the construction of knowledge.