The six blind men and the elephant (Phat Phish)

In a recent opinion piece that my colleague and I wrote, we refer to the Indian tale of the blind people each holding on to a different part of an elephant and individually unable to see the whole animal. This is a metaphor for the value of interdisciplinary research. The generally slow and chaotic progress in understanding our world’s major problems can be attributed in part to the limitations of disciplinary and multidisciplinary research. It’s a bit of a reaction to another opinion piece, from our dean.

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