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The self serving borders in academic disciplines

 Academic  disciplines arose from the 18th century largely as a way of 
ensuring intellectual peace through boundary-maintenance: 

You get on with yours and we will get on with ours.

Some argue this has led to a narrowing of  perceptions 

 We are now in bondage to the disciplines and our society is paying a practical price for rampant specialisation

When this is combined with the tyranny of abstraction, let me get on with my stuff however pithily phrased is no more than  elegance trumping  pertinence, 

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