“Specialization also kills your sense of excitement and discovery” said Said

‘Specialization means losing sight of the raw effort of constructing either art or knowledge; as a result you cannot view knowledge and art as choices and decision, commitments and alignments, but only in terms of impersonal theories or methodologies.

… Specialization also kills your sense of excitement and discovery. In the final analysis, giving up to specialization is, I have always felt, laziness, so you end up doing what others tell you, because that’s your specialty after all.’

                                                                                                Edward W. Said Representations of the Intellectual, 1994 from the chapter on ‘Professionals and Amateurs’ p77

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