Monopathy, or over-specialisation, eventually retreats into defending what one has learnt rather than making new connections.
That's why I define an "expert" as "someone who knows more and more, about less and less, until they know everything about nothing." And they go to amazing extremes to defend their knowledge of nothing!
deepfsh wrote:The ideal worker of the next decade is “T-shaped”—they bring deep understanding of at least one field, but have the capacity to converse in the language of a broader range of disciplines. This requires a sense of curiosity and a willingness to go on learning far beyond the years of formal education. As extended lifespans promote multiple careers and exposure to more industries and disciplines, it will be particularly important for workers to develop this T-shaped quality.
But the trend is opposite, as the Masters of humanity do not want intelligent slaves--too much trouble. And I've noticed this trend over the years. Logic and analogy, as the "T-shaped" discipline was called, was actually taught in grammar school. I recall my 4th grade class, where we were taught basic logic and how to identify parallel patterns in different fields. These days, most do not even have a grasp of basic logic, let alone the tools to apply it in a cross-disciplinary field.
For example, if I assert that: "given all fleeps are gorps and all smurfies are gorps, then all fleeps are smurfies." Is the assertion true or false, and why?
I've noticed from the comments I've gotten on my papers and posts on the RS2 forum that the Reciprocal System is more logical than mathematical--and interestingly enough, that seems to be the main reason why people have such a tough time of understanding the reciprocal relation between space and time, and how to apply those concepts to other disciplines.
So DF, you found a good start on logic and reasoning, so why not hold a course here to teach others how to do it? It is probably one of the most important tools in life you can possess.