Specialization (rather than generalization) over the decades. indeed centuries since Scholasticism, have led to knowledge silos which achieved somewhat of a similar purpose.
But as of late (past couple of decades it seems, but especially since the mid 90s) I’ve noticed more and more people stepping VASTLY out of their field of expertise, transferring their knowledge schema into new arenas and then proudly proclaiming all of the ways their ideas apply equally well.. to the horror of those who actually work in those fields.
Mind you, I believe in inter and transdisciplinary efforts but my concern is when it’s just to write a book of questionable authority based upon being a very real authority in another field
It can though. It depends on the purpose of the discussion.
We’re all generalists ultimately. Ask a person about anything somewhat interesting and it’s likely to get an opinion fired back. Whether or not it has truth-value, or relevance, etc is another matter.
Humility takes a lot of practice. I’ve always been surrounded by women so (not to be sexist just my experience) I’ve had much practice in humility, both real and scripted.
I’m a know-it-all and feel no shame in it. I like a good battle and don’t mind being beaten by a matched or superior intelligence. Cleverness doesn’t impress me but intelligence does, unless they use dry wit effectively – but that’s rare at any intelligence level.
It can be fun. I have my own goalposts for victory though. I don’t let a thought experiment determine my constraints. Much more lateral freedom of movement.
What’s kept me from ever leaving the internet has been the ability to engage with people at any time, day or night, in some form. It’s possible to do it in ‘reality’ but nowhere near as simple.