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DOI: 10.14704/nq.2017.15.1.993

Mind and Machine: Interdisciplinarity

Daegene Song


As the world becomes more sophisticated and socio-economically complex, interdisciplinarity (collaboration among two or more disciplines) has become ever more important. In particular, in the field of education, interdisciplinarity is known to enhance creativity and the capacity of people to work together. However, some drawbacks, such as the lack of solid expertise in one specific discipline, have also been exposed. A simple and efficient way of implementing an interdisciplinary study is reported to be one that combines areas that are computable (i.e., science and engineering) and non-computable (i.e., emotions or abstractions often found in the arts and humanities). This approach has been verified in studies conducted in the last four years on mostly first- and second-year undergraduate students with different majors, with close to 1,000 participants, and has successfully shown to yield diverse mixing between different disciplines, with approximately 300 different outcomes. This particular approach to interdisciplinarity is easy and simple to implement, yields different interconnections among various disciplines, exhibits clear measures of success, and can be done along with expertise training in a traditional field.


computable; non-computable; interdisciplinarity

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