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Unread 05-09-2017, 02:23 AM
BigPecsPeter BigPecsPeter is offline
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OP's analogy is flawed/incomplete.

What you're meaning to ask, essentially, is whether specialisation in academics would enhance somebody's potential for generalisation more so than would be the case for a generalist trying to turn to specialisation.

I guess the problem with this line of enquiry is pinning down precisely what a generalist is in the context of academia. What is the academic equivalent of a cross fitter, if you will?

Even so, notwithstanding these difficulties of classification, I think the answer is clear: somebody who has specialised and attained a deep knowledge in one particular subject, is probably more likely to be able to easily and more rapidly acquire a general understanding of many subjects, than a 'general knowledge expert' will be able to turn his mind to the deep understanding of one subject.

I think the reasons for this are obvious.
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