A Metaphor for Transdisciplinarity
ctA metaphor which I have found
useful in describing
d@culties activities, articulatio n
that we have in engaging
to the need
in developing transdisciplinarity,
is that of aJive years old boy
‘I want to bake
a cake ‘.
eggs, sugar, flavouring,
raisins - and he simply
into a bowl and stirs The result will be a even a pancake.
them with a wooden spoon. lumpy mess, not a cake and
The boys combined Moreover,
mother knows how these ingredients must be in order to achieve the necessary blending of them.
ingredients - both before they are
way in which
put into the mixture for are introduced - she cake. For instance, if
the will she
separates the eggs whites from whites and lightly folds them in
the yolks and beats the egg the last moment, she will have
a sponge cake, as compared with, if dense tea cake. In both cases, she these are of very d@erent natures.
she uses ends up
the eggs whole, a with a cake, but
Prof. Margaret A. Somerville
(. .) M.
may occur disciplines
Analogous we treat