[Taxacom] Origins of distinctly diminished interdisciplinary communication?
peterar at berkeley.edu
Sat Oct 29 23:28:12 CDT 2016
Jorge, Great question.
Two questions in return....
1. "Purity"?, "Elitist"?, "Impress"? Or perhaps the world simply got more
complicated and "replies" were needed more urgently (even if they came
2. Are you wondering where The Renaissance Man (person) is ?
An aside too.... Has Taxacom's interdisciplinary content diminished ?
On Sat, Oct 29, 2016 at 4:58 PM, Jorge A. Santiago-Blay <blayjorge at gmail.com
> Origins of distinctly diminished interdisciplinary communication?
> Dear Colleagues:
> Question: Does anyone has an idea on the origins of diminished
> interdisciplinary communication in many academic disciplines, including the
> subject matter of this listserver?
> Background: I just returned from a day-long professional meeting re.
> inclusion of the arts (*sensu lato*) in the teaching of science,
> technology, engineering, and mathematics (= STEM). The meeting was
> fascinating and one of the reasons for that were the extended periods for
> discussions. One interesting discussion topic was the origin of diminished
> interdisciplinary communication.
> While in the so-called western world the second half of the 19th century
> approximately marks a rapid increase in scientific knowledge and
> consequently, new words, today, I learned that (supposedly) the distinctly
> diminished interdisciplinary communication comes later. Specifically, I was
> surprised by the comment of a participant expressing that such diminished
> communication may have been exacerbated by the emphasis in the purity of
> many disciplines (STEM or non-STEM). In turn, this purity may have been an
> effect of elitists ideologies, such as fascism.
> Are you aware of any scholarship in this topic? This is related to science
> (lack of) communication that I suspect many of us have experienced whereby
> scientists try to speak (or write) to impress instead of to communicate. In
> simpler words, since when was it has been "cool" to, given the increase in
> knowledge, to alienate through the use of intelligible language - instead
> of bringing together - people of different disciplines?
> If you have any constructive comments, please send them directly to me at:
> blayjorge at gmail.com
> Apologies for potential duplicate emails.
> Jorge A. Santiago-Blay, PhD
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