As a student back in the late 60s I developed a theory for a dissertation, about social evolution.
Mankind, as a species, passed a threshold, a sort of unique, significant, Humanity Horizon Event. Where it was once possible for one single mind to embrace an at least fundamental understanding of all human scientific, technical and philosophical knowledge, up until that single time point in human development.
That isn't to claim one human could say be fluent in every language, but they would be capable of learning at least one second language, or any other. Get the picture? Appropriate analogy. They would know how to paint a picture too, though not necessarily to the standard of a celebrated classical artist.
One single person's mind could embrace all of this. Not any longer. Today, with aid of a simple spreadsheet, cataloging all disciplines, along with those in support roles, I estimated it would now take a million or more intellectuals to assemble and grasp all mankind's accumulated knowledge and skills since this 'horizon' event. Based upon the wide range and complexity of skills required, and the amount of time taken to acquire them so as to meet the demands of so many professions, I surmised this horizon was reached around the dawn of the twentieth century. So what's the problem?
I wrote a paper on my theory. I since lost it. I'll ask ChatGPT to reassemble it.
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