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For a similar message with reference to medicine, Tyler Cowen and foreign aid, check out http://badanalysis.com/catallaxy/?p=1511

I regard Dalrymple as one of the great writers of our time, a true classical humanist. The problem he touches upon is in part due to the broadening and subsequent compartmentalization of knowledge and the rise of the expert. Along with this there has been a decline in the familiarity of our literary heritage leading to a historical and cultural isolation, an isolation of our time from our past. The isolated man can be proud, but he can also be narrow and ignorant.

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