Janus Magazine's primary objective is to confront the growing divide between what C.P. Snow once referred to as the 'culture of art' and the 'culture of science'. Our annual publication strives to bridge the gap between these two cultures in order to better serve students as they choose their direction of study at the higher level. In print and online, we offer critical reflections on the major challenges for students at the transition of high-school and university: i.e. fragmentation, hyper- specialization, and the incongruity of education and vocational training. We believe that while specialization is necessary, it is not synonymous with education. To be truly educated, students must cultivate a love of truth, engage enduring ideas, embrace life-long learning and strive toward meaningful work.
D E A D L I N E:
J u l y 1, 2 0 2 3
Q U E S T I O N:
Does ChatGPT’s exponential utility conceal the potential danger of a rapid
decline in human-to- human communication, learning and critical thinking?
D E A D L I N E:
August 31st, 2023 (extended)
I N S T R U C T I O N S:
Our annual essay contest showcases the compatibly of the arts and sciences. We welcome essay submissions from high-school seniors as well as undergraduates.
Essay submissions will be judged on originality, clarity, depth of analysis, and relevance to the topic. The top three essays will be published in Janus Magazine. To participate, submit your essay (750 — 1000 words max); no late submissions. The essay contest is open to all humans, it is not open to large language models.
C O N T E X T:
“Technological change is not additive; it is ecological. A new technology
does not merely add something; it changes everything.” — Neil Postman
Writers are encouraged to draw inspiration from Marc Stiegler's "The Gentle Seduction" and Isaac Asimov's "The Last Question". These compelling short-stories will allow you to provide a thoughtful and well-supported argument.
Janus, the god of transitions, embodies the two basic directions of study at the higher-level. In the arts, students 'look back' in order to preserve the lessons of the past. In the sciences, students 'look forward' to the horizon of cutting-edge research in order to discover groundbreaking innovations.