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Unspecialist is an intriguing and thought-provoking book that delves into the complexities of the human mind and the essence of humanity itself. Written by Murray F. Yaco, it presents a unique blend of personal experiences, scientific theories, and philosophical musings, enriching the reader's journey into the realm of self-discovery and understanding.

The book follows the author's own path as he embarks on a quest for knowledge, navigating through an array of disciplines and subject matters. Yaco eloquently intertwines his personal anecdotes with scientific research to paint a vivid picture of his intellectual and emotional transformation. Through his lens, readers are invited to explore the vast terrain of intellectual pursuits and to question the notion of specialization in our modern society.

One of the book's strongest aspects is its ability to challenge preconceived notions and push the boundaries of conventional thinking. Yaco argues that the pressure to specialize in a specific field limits our potential for growth and hinders our ability to embrace a broader and more holistic understanding of life. He posits that a more interdisciplinary approach can lead to innovative ideas, creativity, and a deeper appreciation for the interconnectedness of various fields of study.

The author's passionate writing style is captivating, and his love for knowledge permeates each page. Yaco's ability to convey complex concepts in a relatable and accessible manner is commendable, making Unspecialist an engaging read for both experts and novices alike. Moreover, the book provides an opportunity for readers to introspectively examine their own relationship with specialization and the societal expectations that often accompany it.

However, at times, the book can feel overwhelming due to the vast array of subjects covered. While the author's intention is to encourage readers to embrace the interconnectedness of knowledge, some may find the transition from topic to topic a bit abrupt. A more structured approach in organizing the themes and ideas presented could have enhanced the cohesiveness of the narrative.

Overall, Unspecialist is a thought-provoking and passion-driven exploration into the world of interdisciplinary knowledge. Murray F. Yaco's personal journey serves as an inspiring reminder for readers to break free from the constraints of specialization and embrace the richness of a more multifaceted approach to learning. This book offers a unique perspective on the pursuit of knowledge, inviting readers to embark on their own intellectual adventure while reevaluating the value of diverse interests and passions in their lives.

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Transcriber's Note: This etext was produced from Astounding Science Fiction, October, 1959. Extensive research did not reveal any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.

Minor typographical errors have been corrected without note. Dialect spellings, contractions and discrepancies have been retained.



A machine can be built to do any accurately described job better than any man. The superiority of a man is that he can do an unexpected, undescribed, and emergency job ... provided he hasn't been especially trained to be a machine.


Banner ripped open his orders, read them, stared in disbelief for a quick moment, then cursed wildly while reaching for the telephone.

"Hello, Gastonia? Yes, I got 'em. What kinda way to waste our time you lunkheads think ... oh, it's you, colonel!"

Banner dropped the receiver and let it dangle. He sank into the only soft chair in the apartment and watched hypnotically as the phone's receiver limply coiled and uncoiled at the end of the wire.

Somebody knocked on, then opened the door. "Hi, pretty boy, you got our orders?"

"Come on in and hear about it," Banner said. He got up from the chair, ran his hands compulsively through his recently short cropped red hair, hung up the phone and shoved the orders into his co pilot's hands... Continue reading book >>

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