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Specialization is great yet it leads to local maxima in overall progress.
There are fields such as robotics where it is very hard to advance without knowledge in multiple domains such as mechanical engineering/electronics/biology/math/comp-sci/philosophy/psychology/matherial science/physics/chemistry and many other.
One would think that having a group of people who specialize in their own fields would give good results but this kind of specialization leads to simple facts being missed for 50 years such that some insects perform computations in mechanical systems which is becoming an essential idea in robotics. (see http://www.ted.com/talks/robert_full_on_engineering_and_evolution.html)
Merging of ideas from different fields leads to rapid progress. The question becomes: to specialize or not to specialize to achieve the most progress?