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Master of many trades

Aeon Magazine
Master of many trades

Our world has become so complex that you can only have a good understanding in a very narrow field. You need to specialise. It’s what most of academia is telling us. This essay from Aeon makes a case for the opposite, claiming that we are «at our best when we turn our minds to many things». One of the key sentences almost reads as if it was copied from the Weekly Filet’s (non-existent) mission statement. «Over-specialisation eventually retreats into defending what one has learnt rather than making new connections.»

Published in Weekly Filet #136, in August 2014.

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