[Taxacom] Origins of distinctly diminished interdisciplinary communication?

Richard Jensen rjensen at saintmarys.edu
Sun Oct 30 17:47:32 CDT 2016

See "The Two Cultures" by C.P. Snow.  The idea that the sciences versus
that humanities and arts represent distinctly different ways of responding
to our environment and understanding of human perceptions has been
discussed by many scholars.  I have not read anything to suggest fascism,
but there have clearly been elitist overtones in attempts to communicate.



On Sat, Oct 29, 2016 at 7:58 PM, Jorge A. Santiago-Blay <blayjorge at gmail.com
> wrote:

> 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.
> Sincerely,
> Jorge
> Jorge A. Santiago-Blay, PhD
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Richard Jensen, Professor Emeritus
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