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The world is full of specialists: historians, scientists, and researchers of all kinds. This makes sense. Our world is complex; we need specialists to delve into it.

But all of us still live in the complex world. It’s up to us to take the knowledge of a thousand specialisations and make something of it.

It’s up to us to be generalists.


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This website is designed to share topics drawn from the full stretch of human knowledge.

Each entry is brief, but links to further reading if you want to know more. I try to link to Wikipedia where possible; it’s ad-free, informative (usually), and the links are less likely to rot.


This website is written by one person based in Auckland, New Zealand. I acknowledge that this introduces an inevitable bias: I choose topics that I find interesting, and I write on topics that exist on Wikipedia (which has its own biases).

To counter this bias, please share interesting topics with me. If I like them, I may use them in future entries.

Because I am a generalist, there’s always the possibility that I have mischaracterised something in ignorance. If you want to correct anything on this site, let me know.

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