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A blog by Leon Oudejans

The silo mentality in scientific articles

Last week, I noticed a Big Think article: Why are flood myths so common in stories from ancient cultures around the world? I’ve written about this in several blogs (eg, my 2016 blog). Actually, there is no flood myth; it’s part of our geological history. Also see Wiki on the post-glacial sea level rise.

The above might be viewed as yet another example of my recent blog: The collective human memory loss. It’s also an example of the silo mentality in scientific articles. Generalists are becoming rare in a society full of specialists. The homo universalis a.k.a. polymath is disappearing.

Being semi-retired, I’ve lots of time on my hands. Hence, I can manage both a wide perspective and – at times – a detailed focus. Moreover, my curiosity requires both. Else, my mind gets bored. To some extent, I’m a Renaissance man, “a man [who] can do all things if he will.”

What could go wrong in a society as pictured at the left?

I’m still contemplating on that causality (ie, cause-effect).

Moreover, our Western societies seem to prefer age over experience. Hence, careers often come to a stop at the age of 50+.

Deteriorating demographics (eg, my 2023 blog) may well need to reverse the above trend. In that case, we would go back (again) to experience over age. On the other hand, the above trend might be an ingredient in the rise and fall of nations (eg, book Ray Dalio, Wiki-1, Wiki-2).

In my view, a silo mentality – a.k.a. compartmentalization – may well be one of the biggest dangers to Science and to our societies. Why? It’s quite simple actually: it defies interconnectedness (eg, my 2023 blog).

Silo builds the wall in people’s minds and creates the barrier in organizations’ “hearts.”

A quote by Pearl Zhu, author of Digitizing Boardroom: The Multifaceted Aspects of Digital Ready Boards (2016)

Forget You (2010) by CeeLo Green
artist, lyrics, video, Wiki-artist, Wiki-song

Note: all markings (bolditalicunderlining) by LO unless in quotes or stated otherwise.


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