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Re: On Generlist/Specialists...?

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Lawrence A. Parker/OCCTI (occti)
Thu, 26 Aug 1999 14:43:44 -0400


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Hi, Bob,
Hi Occti (Larry),

How about what my grad advisor, John Arnold, commented on =
"generalist/specialists" in society; those who comes prepared with a =
general working knowledge of human cultures, concentrating (specializing =
in depth) in one or two disciplines, i.e. art and architecture?

I think your advisor has a good point - foreground/background. This =
matches what many of the teachers on this list have mentioned regarding =
presenting the history and culture behind the world's works of art. =
Perhaps the point raised by the original post is that specialists too =
often lose sight of the context of their work, which is unfortunate as =
this context is often what gives the specialization meaning and value.

As he (or you) said, too far in either direction leads to a funneling =
of vision. Finding the balance in the middle is always so difficult.

Thank you for your thoughts,
Larry

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Hi, Bob,
Hi Occti (Larry),
 
    How about what my grad advisor, = John=20 Arnold, commented on "generalist/specialists" in society; those = who comes=20 prepared with a general working knowledge of human cultures, = concentrating=20 (specializing in depth) in one or two disciplines, i.e. art and=20 architecture?
 
I think your advisor has a = good point -=20 foreground/background.  This matches what many of the teachers on = this=20 list have mentioned regarding presenting the history and culture = behind the=20 world's works of art.  Perhaps the point raised by the original = post is=20 that specialists too often lose sight of the context of their work, = which is=20 unfortunate as this context is often what gives the specialization = meaning and=20 value.
 
As he (or you) said, too far = in either=20 direction leads to a funneling of vision.  Finding the balance in = the=20 middle is always so difficult.
 
Thank you for your=20 thoughts,
Larry
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