896. Integrating Science, Technology, and Arts
As an outgrow of specialization trends, personal pride, and peer pressure, many people are restricting their professional identity by classifying themselves as 'scientists', 'engineers', or 'artists'.
Yet, science, technology, and arts are forming a basic triad - they are interdependent and none of them could exist just by itself.
Any product in today's marketplace is based on a vast range of scientific discoveries, engineered to fit the purpose, and molded artfully in an aesthetic form to please the customer.
Yet, the various creators of a product are rarely if ever getting together to celebrate their creation.
In the contrary, even within the already separated
groups of artists, engineers,
and scientists, the fragmentation continues and accelerates.
In yet another split, the egos of restriced identities
are further divided between those who work in institutions that are recognized
and financed by governments (the academic world, that is), and the anything-goes
realm of the
private thinker and researcher.
Both sides claim that true progress in mankind
was only and only done within their own framework: the 'independent'
scientist points to pioneers
outside the University-structure like Nikolaus Tesla, and the 'acknowledged, peer-reviewed' scientist invokes the legend of Albert Einstein.
That both sides can be right rarely occurs to any of them.
Meanwhile, the specialization of fields and branches continues. And with it, the ignorance and rejection of other areas of knowledge.
If specialization would be the answer to all questions,
so be it. However, specialized knowledge has severe limitations. The borders
to neighboring fields are coming in sight as soon as the knowledge in a
exceeds a certain threshold.
The common answer of specialists is to select another area of investigation rather than to try to gain a more profound understanding of the one at hand.
This unfortunate process is fueled by the need
to show tangible results
in order to further get funded.
At the same time, in between the battles of one-upmanship
of the smartest of the smart specialists, is an increasing number of thinkers
who look for
the 'grand scheme of things'.
Easy prey to oversimplification, misinterpretation, and wrong abstractions, they yet have a vital role in the emergence of any new body of knowledge.
There are fortunately some trends towards integration
of science, technology, and art. In order to leap-frog the current state
of mankind, however, more than
isolated attempts of cross-field communications are needed.
What must happen is a large-scale synergy of paradigm-bound academics, free-wheeling inventors, artists, and philosophers.
Such a synergy is not just a technical necessity for coping with the problems of the growth of mankind on a finite-sized sphere such as Earth.
It is also a spiritual necessity to grow beyond the paradigms of hunter/prey, ruler/slave, aggressor/victim, and winner/loser.
Although such growth must start with an individual
effort to allow one's own greatness while acknowledging the greatness of
others as well, the real thrust
on a larger scale can happen only within a framework of cooperation of many different persons from all walks of life.
Differentiating one's own particular field of achievement into its components of science, technology, and art, can be the first step in allowing communication, acknowledgement, and thought exchange to take place.
This mutual sharing of different viewpoints, is a basic start of a synergetic progress that will benefit this and future generations on Earth.