What is the preferred knowledge accumulation direction? Breadth vs Depth
May 6, 2021•144 words
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What knowledge style is preferred in our current and future world? Breadth of knowledge across a wide range of subjects and topics, or depth of knowledge within one particular subject?
The library of knowledge within our brains cannot be fully comprehensive (as of this point in time). Our time is limited and the time we have to learn and commit things to our memory is limited. Humans also readily forget. This therefore limits our choice for what we learn; we can never have full breadth and depth.
Which is preferred by others? One in particular, or a mix between the two? If a mix, in what ratio?
(To future self)
I wonder what the implications are for each choice. How would either benefit ourselves and those around us? What 'emergent' properties can come from a mix between the two?