Look, most things in life do not scale in a linear fashion and they are not entirely disconnected (why does everyone have to polarise with extreme words like entirely) Pingala scales with population in a significant manner And who can put in those 3 scientific specialists but a big city. Big cities can convert production to research much better than small A 20 pop city makes 10 science from pop, a 6 pop city makes 3. Kilwa, Amundsen, Geneva type bonuses also help Such bonuses Rationalism was introduced to encourage larger cities, before it we did not bother even reaching 10 pop. There are other mechanisms like CS bonuses and GS benefits that encourage wide and are as much of and perceived ‘wide problem’ war weariness being tied to pop for amenity loss is also another indication this entire VI design was for wide. You can wish for a square peg but I thing they have settled on the round hole but it certainly does not hurt to discuss it all. It’s just that they are not entirely disconnected. Bin the word entirely entirely.