Quotation by Harold Morowitz

The terms "splitters" and "lumpers" come from taxonomy, where the classifiers were separated into those who liked to create new taxa because of small differences and those who preferred to coalesce categories because of similarities. The concept has found wider applicability as knowledge in all fields expands. Specialists are confined to ever-narrowing domains while generalists survey the immensity of information in an effort, one hopes, to find higher orders of structure. It is clear that in the university and intellectual community ... the splitters are in command and the lumpers are in serious disarray, unable to keep up with the output of printouts that are generated in such a variety of ways. It is saddening to witness the loss of status of those engaged in integrative thought, for one sees in it the fragmentation of scientific and humanistic disciplines.
Harold Morowitz, U.S. biologist, educator. "Splitters and Lumpers," The Wine of Life and Other Essays on Societies, Energy & Living Things, St. Martin's (1979).
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