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In Defense of Generalists

The last decade has been witness to the rise of the geeks. What began as a glorification of tech entrepreneurs making it big from the rise of the IT industry, has now permeated every aspect of society. Single-minded obsession with obscure endeavors, hyper-specialization, and technical nerdery of all sorts are glorified across the board. But is such geekery really a good way to foster talent? The most pressing problems in science and technology, and more broadly in business and the economy, don't lend themselves readily to specialists' solutions.

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