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"The history of learning amounts to a history of specialization." Beryl Smalley. IMG
"Specialization is for insects." Robert A Heinlein. IMG
"Specialization is the great evil of civilization." Wendell Berry. IMG
"Overemphasis of the competitive system and premature specialization on the ground of immediate usefulness kill the spirit on which all cultural life depends, specialized knowledge included." Albert Einstein. IMG
"You specialize in something until one day it is specializing in you." Arthur Miller. IMG
"The whole of our civilization is founded on specialization, which implies the enslavement of those who execute to those who coordinate ..." Simone Weil. IMG
"Specialization and organization are the basis of human progress." Charlotte Perkins Gilman. IMG
"This...is an age of specialization, and in such an age the repertory theater is an anachronism, a ludicrous anachronism." Minnie Maddern Fiske. IMG
"Intelligence augmentation decreases the need for specialization and increases participatory complexity." Jamais Cascio. IMG
"Specialization makes the welfare of the society vulnerable to the market and to political forces beyond national control." Robert Gilpin. IMG
"But while I accept specialization in the practice, I reject it utterly in the theory of science." Claude Bernard. IMG
"The shoemaker makes a good shoe because he makes nothing else." Ralph Waldo Emerson. IMG
"If you want to succeed, limit yourself." Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve. IMG
"The trouble with specialists is that they tend to think in grooves." Elaine Morgan. IMG
"There is also hope that even in these days of increasing specialization there is a unity in the human experience." Allan McLeod Cormack. IMG
"Nowhere has specialization penetrated so deeply into the building professions as North America." Arthur Erickson. IMG
"Specialization breeds biases that ultimately aggregate as international and ideological discord, which, in turn, leads to war." R Buckminster Fuller. IMG
"Specialization is for insects... The race of man? He's a whole other creature." Robert A Heinlein. IMG
"Literacy, the visual technology, dissolved the tribal magic by means of its stress on fragmentation and specialization and created the individual." Marshall Mcluhan. IMG
"Perhaps the inevitable tragedy of our complex civilization is that we must be specialists in our fields - and our fields have become increasingly difficult, so that communication is nearly impossible." Joyce Carol Oates. IMG
"God and the Devil are an effort after specialization and the division of labor." Samuel Butler. IMG
"If I could relive my life, what I would do is work with scientists. But not one scientist, because they're locked into their little specializations. I'd go from scientist to scientist to scientist, like a bee goes from flower to flower." Agnes Denes. IMG
"If it is to be effective as a tool of thought, a notation must allow convenient expression not only of notions arising directly from a problem, but also of those arising in subsequent analysis, generalization, and specialization." Kenneth E. Iverson. IMG
"Outside his own ever-narrowing field of specialization, a scientist is a layman. What members of an academy of science have in common is a certain form of semiparasitic living." Erwin Chargaff. IMG
"Only by strict specialization can the scientific worker become fully conscious, for once and perhaps never again in his lifetime, that he has achieved something that will endure. A really definitive and good accomplishment is today always a specialized act." Max Weber. IMG
"Too rigid specialization is almost as bad for a historian's mind, and for his ultimate reputation, as too early an indulgence in broad generalization and synthesis." Samuel Eliot Morison. IMG
"Everyone is desirous of his own pursuits, and loves To spend his time in his accustomed art." Ovid. IMG
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"The most effective way of utilizing human energy is through an organized rivalry, which by specialization and social control is, at the same time, organized co-operation." Charles Horton Cooley. IMG
"For no continuity of social act is possible without a corresponding social status and the many different kinds of act required in an industrial state, with its high degree of specialization, make for corresponding classification of status." Kenneth Burke. IMG
"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, (cont. Specialization is for insects." Robert A Heinlein. IMG
"People who are constantly looking for the opportunity to do something new are also people who are not going to be helped by having job titles - job titles create expectations of specialization and focus which don't map really well to creating the best possible experience for your customers." Gabe Newell. IMG
"Considering my specialization in architecture, I'm not surprised that the first graphic novel to thoroughly engage, not to say captivate, me is Chip Kidd and Dave Taylor's 'Batman: Death by Design.'" Martin Filler. IMG
"The range of human knowledge today is so great that we're all specialists and the distance between specializations has become so great that anyone who seeks to wander freely between them almost has to forego closeness with the people around him." Robert M Pirsig. IMG
"In the general tendency toward specialization, philosophy too has established itself as a specialized discipline, one purified of all specific content. In so doing, philosophy has denied its own constitutive concept: the intellectual freedom that does not obey the dictates of specialized knowledge." Theodor Adorno. IMG
"Imprisoning philosophy within the professionalizations and specializations of an institutionalized curriculum, after the manner of our contemporary European and North American culture, is arguably a good deal more effective in neutralizing its effects than either religious censorship or political terror" Alasdair MacIntyre. IMG
"Specialization is in fact only a fancy form of slavery wherein the 'expert' is fooled into accepting a slavery by making him feel that he in turn is a socially and culturally preferred-ergo, highly secure-lifelong position." R Buckminster Fuller. IMG
"By nature, by necessity itself, [primitive man] is encyclopedic, while civilized man finds himself confined in the infinitely small regions of specialization." Charles Baudelaire. IMG
"Biologically, man is still the great amateur of the animal kingdom; he is unique in his lack of anatomical and physiological specialization." Rene Dubos. IMG
"Of course, our failures are a consequence of many factors, but possibly one of the most important is the fact that society operates on the theory that specialization is the key to success, not realizing that specialization precludes comprehensive thinking." R Buckminster Fuller. IMG
"How could any entrepreneur, confronted by such amazing opportunities to help transform the world and to do so with such extraordinary colleagues, be tempted to lose focus? Especially since the work involves such breadth that the boredom of routine or specialization does not exist." Bill Drayton. IMG
"The facts of paleontology seem to support creation and the flood rather than evolution. For instance, all the major groups of invertebrates appear "suddenly" in the first fossil ferrous strata (Cambrian) of the earth with their distinct specializations indicating that they were all created almost at the same time." Enoch. IMG
"Truth and Truthfulness is an ambitious work, and its journeys into history give it a breadth unusual in these days of increased academic specialization. . . . William's book combines real history and fictional constructs to tell a revealing story that makes us reconsider the meaning of familiar concepts." Julian Baggini. IMG
"We develop all our sciences, archeology, cosmology, psychology, we tabulate and classify and cling to our sacred definitions, our divisions, without any attempt to synthesis, without the humility to see that these are only parts of a total knowledge. ... But somehow we ought to be able to keep the idea of the totality of experience and knowledge at the back of our minds even though the front's busy from morning til night with the life cycle of the liver fluke." Maureen Duffy. IMG
"More and more of out colleagues fail to understand our work because of the high specialization of research problems. We must not be discouraged if the products of our labor are not read or even known to exist. The joy of research must be found in doing since every other harvest is uncertain." Theobald Smith. IMG
"Society thrives on trade simply because trade makes specialization possible, and specialization increases output, and increased output reduces the cost in toil for the satisfactions men live by. That being so, the market place is a most humane institution." Frank Chodorov. IMG
"The greatest cost of the specialization of technological life - and out of which all other damages are birthed - is arguably our separation from the practical and enriching sense of ourselves as embodied beings. When we are alienated from the wisdom of the body, our lives become theoretical and abstract, and we are distanced from the direct, felt sense of living." Richard Strozzi-Heckler. IMG
"The modern spirit is a hesitant one. Spontaneity has given way to cautious legalisms, and the age of heroes has been superseded by a cult of specialization. We have no more giants; only obedient ants." Roger Lowenstein. IMG
"Much literary criticism comes from people for whom extreme specialization is a cover for either grave cerebral inadequacy or terminal laziness, the latter being a much cherished aspect of academic freedom." John Kenneth Galbraith. IMG
"Let us admit that most of us writers feel an essential aversion to politics. By taking such a position, however, we accept the perverted principle of specialization, according to which some are paid to write about the horrors of the world and human responsibility and others to deal with those horrors and bear the human responsibility for them." Vaclav Havel. IMG
"When profits are pursued by geographic interchange of goods, so that commerce for profit becomes the central mechanism of the system, we usually call it "commercial capitalism." In such a system goods are conveyed from ares where they are more common (and therefore cheaper) to areas where they are less common (and therefore less cheap). This process leads to regional specialization and to division of labor, both in agricultural production and in handicrafts." Carroll Quigley. IMG
"In an age of specialization people are proud to be able to do one thing well, but if that is all they know about, they are missing out on much else life has to offer." Dennis Flanagan. IMG
"There must be bands of enthusiasts for everything on earth-fanatics who shared a vocabulary, a batch of technical skills and equipment, and, perhaps, a vision of some single slice of the beauty and mystery of things, of their complexity, fascination, and unexpectedness." Annie Dillard. IMG
"We are in an age that assumes the narrowing trends of specialization to be logical, natural, and desirable. Consequently, society expects all earnestly responsible communication to be crisply brief.... In the meantime, humanity has been deprived of comprehensive understanding." R Buckminster Fuller. IMG
"All the accoutrements that distinguish us from animal existence were put in place when we had a different kind of mind than we have now. We didn't have a mind that favored role specialization, and male dominance, and anxiety over female sexual activity related to feelings of male ownership. That all came later." Terence Mckenna. IMG
"The average student emerges at the end of the Ph.D. program, already middle-aged, overspecialized, poorly prepared for the world outside, and almost unemployable except in a narrow area of specialization. Large numbers of students for whom the program is inappropriate are trapped in it, because the Ph.D. has become a union card required for entry into the scientific job market." Freeman Dyson. IMG
"Many faculty retreated into academic specializations and an arcane language that made them irrelevant to the task of defending the university as a public good, except for in some cases a very small audience. This has become more and more clear in the last few years as academics have become so insular, often unwilling or unable to defend the university as a public good, in spite of the widespread attacks on academic freedom, the role of the university as a democratic public sphere, and the increasing reduction of knowledge to a saleable commodity, and students to customers." Henry Giroux. IMG
"The combination of professionalism and technology may also result in narrow-minded specialization more suited to a debating society than to an organization whose task it is to cope with, and indeed live in, the dangerous and uncertain environment of war." Martin Van Creveld. IMG
"A man may have intelligence enough to excel in a particular thing and lecture on it, and yet not have sense enough to know he ought to be silent on some other subject of which he has but a slight knowledge; if such an illustrious man ventures beyond the bounds of his capacity, he loses his way and talks like a fool." Jean De La Bruyere. IMG
"In this age of specialization, I sometimes think of myself as the last 'generalist' in economics, with interests that range from mathematical economics down to current financial journalism. My real interests are research and teaching..." Paul Samuelson. IMG

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