On the segregation of subjects


We live in a divided world, in which we often feel compelled to divide ourselves indefinitely, like a circle into lines and edges, until our "self" becomes jaded, and our personality bitter from all the dissections: the quarterings and of the cake, that we did not intend to share.


Where I am trying to go with this is the prevailing separation of our career path that often divides the disciplines into science, art, philosophy, language etc... These clear categories, obviously have a purpose: to simplify the processing of information and structuring society. But, especially in early ages of development (i.e., when we are forced to go to schools), these separations should be less segregating, to allow a more holistic and creative learning approach.


The brain loves weird connections


The seemingly unrelated pieces of information are easiest to remember. In fact, one of the main techniques to enhance memory retention is to consciously build and associate weird elements with one another, like an absurd collage. I’m referring to a technique called Linking (it is commonly used to remember lists).


Knowing is, we should take advantage of this rather than stubbornly turning in circles.


As a humanities and arts student, I often avoid interacting with people that study a scientific subject. This is pretty easy given the way that one’s social groups tend to generally circulate around those, who do similar things to oneself. However, it is precisely one of my conversations with a science student that triggered my most recent surge of inspiration. He only stated a simple scientific fact, but it made all the difference: it enabled me to form new connections which would have otherwise remained inaccessible to me given the things I usually consume and the people I usually talk to: it was the missing link.


This interaction reminded me of the Homo Universalis, also today known as a polymath, which obviously made me think about Leonardo Da Vinci.


There are many issues that the Renaissance left behind. In particular how it shaped our definition of art; the main concept being: that there has to be some kind of innate genius inhabiting every artist. Nonetheless, I find it fascinating how indiscriminately and tolerant they were toward the unification of art and science, engineering, etc.


We should strive to encourage a manner of learning and knowledge acquisition that resembles that of a polymath, rather than the current standard of becoming a specialist in a tiny niche.


The main takeaway here is:


Taking the responsibility to diversify our dialogues and the people we talk to


This will encourage those weird neural connections we need to spark ideas. Who knows, maybe talking to someone who is passionate about conchology will give you the missing piece for your next big project (no matter which field you work in we all need inspiration and creativity).