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The trend of superspecialisation creates barriers between disciplines and we lose the ability to see the Reality hence fail to ask the right questions, and create genuinely transforming discoveries. Inter- and multidisciplinary collaborations create new values, but only within the wall of the academia. The highest level and the most complex form of interaction, transdisciplinary activity, goes beyond the disciplinary research and involves not only multiple disciplines but also multiple non-academic participants (businesses, general public etc.) to create values for the science businesses and the society.
Today our life is full of “hard data”: we try to measure and quantify everything in life from physiological signals of our body to performance and happiness of nations. We are so focused on theories from science, technology, math and engineering that alternative frameworks for making decisions, driving strategies and in general explaining reality have been pushed aside. It, however, became clear that exclusion of humanities (i.e.: philosophy, arts, literature etc.) and marginalization of stakeholders in defining research objectives and strategies. This tendency caused damage to businesses, governments, and institutions because stakeholders (i.e.: society, industry) have been left out from the discourse and essential but unquantifiable information was not incorporated into the framework, decision process and strategies. Examples are plentiful: remember for example headline news from politics (i.e.: election and referendum results), economics (i.e.: cause of the 2008 recession), and fame and fall of business giants (i.e.: Nokia, Toshiba, Yahoo etc).
In addition to the superspecialisation that tends to keep up the barriers between different branches and disciplines, particularly in hard sciences, another obstacle that needs to be negotiated in initiating a successful multidisciplinary environment is the distance perceived, both culturally and academically, between the hard sciences and the humanities (including the softer sciences, as economics or social sciences). This issue has been identified for a long time, and probably most famously captured in the title "The Two Cultures" written by the famous English polymath, C.P. Snow, in the early 1960s. Despite some attempts to resolve it, this divide is still perceived and still active in many academic and professional environments. However, it is clear that in facing the 21st century real world complex problems, other perspectives are required in addition to the different scientific facts and conclusions are required in addressing these issues. The public, that is, the society outside the scientific community, seems increasingly intolerant of grand, technical fixes, even while it hungers for new gadgets and drugs. This public has also come to fear the potential consequences of unfettered science and technology in areas like genetic engineering, germ warfare, global warming and nuclear power. Tension between science and the public has thrown up new barriers to research involving deadly pathogens, stem cells and human cloning.