Interdisciplinary Coalescence: An Educational Symphony

Updated: Aug 17, 2021

Stimulus:

  • “Principles for the Development of a Complete Mind: Study the science of art. Study the art of science. Develop your senses- especially learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.” ― Leonardo da Vinci


A young boy communicating his aptitude for both science and beauty.

Rumination:

Seldom understood by man is the abstract terrain separating the various disciplines within academia. This wisdom, favorable as it may be, is only of use to those preferring discussion of ideas versus the less exhaustive metrics: people, and things. Unfortunately, I believe the minds produced by today’s intelligentsia are often incompatible with such channels of reasoning. By no means do I place all fault on the education system, but upon having been recently exposed to the concept of a fermi question, I only feel more emboldened to challenge the building blocks of said system. Commonly, modules of education are presented as if no inherit relation is shared, but far too many of us have tumbled into the quarters of the white rabbit to accept such prosaic views. Below are just a few members I believe demonstrate the courage to stray away from the shoes of another, and into their own by virtue of interdisciplinary coalescence.

  • Leonardo da Vinci: application of anatomical, artistic, and geometric = Vitruvian Man

  • Edward Bernays: application of advertising, journalism, and psychology = American breakfast

  • Toby Fox: application of music composition, programming, and writing = Undertale

  • Johannes Gutenberg: application of engineering, printing, and publishing = printing press

The death of one's ego is the first step to charting the uncharted.

Practitioners of interdisciplinary coalescence champion, and pursue an education fashioned to facilitate breakthrough/innovation. Is this too much to ask? Is this too expensive to obtain? Is this worth my time/effort? Again, seldom understood by man is the abstract terrain which separates the various disciplines within academia; as a result, those who establish these connections, as rudimentary as they may seem centuries later, continue to be eulogized due to their influence amongst society.

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