"I immediately asked Khartin to explain to me exactly what his position involved, as I realised that it was held in the highest esteem by Russians – although we only have a vague idea about it in China. This is what he answered "you, as a student, will be aware of how much effort the greats have put into uniting all the sciences into one. In this respect the works of the 3rd millennium are especially notable Christ. In deep antiquity there were complaints that the sciences were too split up, but as the centuries passed all attempts to bring them together failed. Nothing seemed to work, neither simplification of methods, nor classifications of knowledge. Mankind was unable to overcome the terrible dilemma: either knowledge could be partial, or it could be shallow. What the scientists themselves didn’t do, emerged naturally from the structure of society. This was because society had already been divided into classes of Historians, Geographers, Physicists, and Poets, each class acting independently. But this gave rise to the fortunate idea that occurred to our present ruler, who is himself a member of the class of First Poets. He noted that, in a scientific assembly, one class naturally becomes subservient to another. He decided to follow this natural tendency and to collect the various specialisations not only in epistemological terms but also socially…an idea which is of course rather simple, but which like all great simple ideas, can only occur to a truly great mind. It is possible that this first attempt has led to some fields being incorrectly classified – but that can easily be put right with time. Now when the title of poet or philosopher is conferred on someone, a few ordinary historians, physicists, linguists and other scientists are identified who will be obliged to work under the direction of their superior or to prepare materials for him. Each historian, in turn, can call upon the services of several chronologists, philologian-antiquarians, geographers…and
... Everyone wins from this arrangement. Where one person does not have sufficient knowledge he can be supported by another and any given piece of research is carried out simultaneously from all the angles. Material work does not distract the poet from his inspiration, or the philosopher from his thinking. This unified direction of scientific activity has brought incredible fruits to society as a whole. Unexpected discoveries have been made and there has been an almost supernatural increase in effectiveness. The extraordinary successes of our patria in recent years have all been thanks to unification of the enterprise of science.".
"The Year 4338: Petersburg Letters"