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, written by Jeremy. Read the commentary.

Edward O. Wilson says that the greatest challenge today is the description of complex systems. Scientists break down systems but reassembling systems is far more difficult. Wilson says the power of prediction will be the true measure of success.

The ability to predict emergent phenomena will require linking together all we’ve learned through reduction. This is holism or, as Wilson puts it, consilience by synthesis.

Consilience by synthesis is as important in business as it is in science. This is true, because it is true in everything.

We’re all talk the reductionist part of the scientific method. Only a few of us have built the skills needed by synthesist.

We live in a world of specialists and are in desperate need of generalists and cross-walkers. Our world’s too fractured – like a dragonfly eye. We need the whole picture. We need to climb back up.

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