‘They’re specialists, the whole lot of them, and they don’t believe in a method of work which cuts into every field of science from archaeology to botany. They limit their own scope in order to be able to dig in the depths with more concentration for details. Modern research demands that every special branch shall dig its own hole. It’s not usual for anyone to sort out what comes out of the holes and try to put it all together.’
Carl was right. But to solve the problems of the Pacific without throwing light on them from all sides was, it seemed to me, like doing a puzzle and only using the pieces of one color.
– Thor Heyerdahl, Kon-Tiki (1947)