specialization is for ants

I read this somewhere a long time ago and it has stuck with me every since. It is counter-intuitive in today’s society as we seem to specialize in certain areas and we lose the greater vision. I just finished “The Invention of Air” about Joseph Priestley and how he impacted Ben Franklin, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson. The author made the point that all of these men were generalists and involved in politics, science, and religion. They did not arbitrarily limit themselves to one thing and spend time narrowing their focus. They were interested in almost everything and were able to see the connections and the meta concepts that impacted all of society.
I know that we need people that are focused and trained in very specific areas but don’t we also need people who wander across disciplines searching for those things that bring them together?


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