|11-03-2010, 12:24 AM||#6 (permalink)|
Join Date: Apr 2009
I've insisted she not declare a major until she has to, as well, because that will give her the broadest education. It won't be enough, because colleges and universities have pushed or been pushed toward professional preparation rather than wider goals, but it's a step.
|11-03-2010, 10:15 AM||#7 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Berlin, Germany
I see myself as a polymath as I have skills in a variety of fields.
I personally study bioinformatics because it allows me to develop skills in multiple fields. Math, programming, chemistry, biology, neurology, statistics.
I think that statistics is one of the core subjects that you need to be an productive in the coming information age.
I'm a member of a debating club and read political stuff for that part of my education.
I'm also a toastmaster to further develop my public speaking abilities.
I would also the put the moderation of this forum and discussion like this in the humanities box.
I think university is a relatively bad place to learn art or humanities because professors care too much about abstract theory.
As far as art goes, at halve of the evenings I'm dancing Salsa every week. I also have done a bit of webdesign and flyer design for family members.
I also visited the European UserExperience Barcamp this year for the third time (okay the first time it was still called Berlin UserExperience Barcamp).
At the moment I'm doing android software development in my free time. It works that about heavily about UX innovation and also about programming.
|11-03-2010, 10:32 AM||#8 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2006
After all, I am an Enneagram Type 5. It's just the way our minds are configured.
Okay let's see.
Basically I am a lawyer by training. Started off, specialising in criminal law.
However, since I switched into the banking industry, I've picked up lots of finance-related knowledge. Actually I also hold some professional qualifications in finance now.
I am also an award-winning poet and have published my own book. Some of my works are regularly used in schools in my country, even as exam questions, for literature students. Yeah, I get asked to give talks at schools etc.
I am also quite musical. I have just a little bit of training, but in university I used to act and sing in plays and musicals and I've grown pretty good on the guitar over the years.
Oh, I also used to be in the national junior team for chess (and I was the varsity champion + varsity captain). However, I've quit playing competitively. In the past, on a good day, I might well beat an international master (although international grandmasters would trounce me ).
I have fairly deep knowledge of a variety of religions and metaphysical topics. And from time to time, I hang out with various interesting people and ... entities .... of that kind.
Public speaking comes naturally to me, since I've had to do it in various different situations over the years.
Oh, I'm a fairly decent swimmer myself. Although that probably doesn't count much, toward being a polymath.
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|11-20-2010, 02:17 PM||#10 (permalink)|
Join Date: Oct 2010
Yeah, I too feel like an aspiring polymath. I try to take a holistic approach to my education, and to take charge/responsibility of my own education in the first place. Achieve some intellectual breadth.
One of the methods I've worked out is to, at least once a month, read a book on a topic that is of no interest to me. For instance, I started off as a strictly humanities/social issues girl, but I forced myself to crack open a giant tome on electronics. And I got into it. Thanks in part to this recent awakening, I bought a learner's kit and started wielding a soldering iron. I figure it gives me eccentricity cred if anything
I think that to be a polymath is to be a glutton for knowledge and experience. It requires a vibrant curiosity and alertness.
Anyway, my own personal gauge of polymath-ness is fluidity and comfort in many different areas of knowledge; dancing from one vocabulary to another, equally at home with LSD or property taxes. Turning on a conversational dime with ease and confidence.
How many sand particles make a sand pile?
When does one become a polymath? I have no idea.
|12-16-2010, 08:24 PM||#11 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2009
A Polymath really is someone who exceeds in more than one field. It isn't really enough to simply be very good or adequate a several things. It means having recognition, although being recognised at one thing tends to lead to recognition at something else. Intelligent Life magazine did an interesting article last year:
POLYMATHS: 20 LIVING EXAMPLES | More Intelligent Life
Some fields do seem to overlap in the list given, being a great Physicist also involves being a very good Mathematician and being able to communicate means being a good Author. Da Vinci is still the greatest Polymath.
|12-16-2010, 10:02 PM||#12 (permalink)|
Join Date: Dec 2010
I am exactly polymath ;
becoming polymath is good ?
If you are not specialized in a certain issue bringing you money or other certain advantages, throw it to trash ,,,
no one wants to be polymaths with your own request, people become polymath by life conditions,
you got to learn, specialize in different kind of concept because of problems,illness, unemployment exc...
I have deep experiences and knowledges on following subject better than professional for majority of them ,
1. Electrical-electronic issues
" I am electric-electronic engineer "
2. IT ıssues
" I am MCSE Microsoft system engineer
3. Sales -marketings,
I am sales professional
better than doctors
5. Alternatives medicine
6. Herbal tea,
8. Exercises, ,
yoga, 5 tibet exercises, breathing exercises... exc...
astral projection, lucid dream exc...
10. consumer electronic products ,
Camera, LCD plasma tv from my job experineces
poems ,poets, books, writers
12. pers. development, spiritual techniques,
self-hypnossis,deep relaxing tech. meditation exc...
13. local and global politics
14. religions, sufism, mistizm
15. english language as a Turkish
16. farming, village life, natures
in my childhood, I worked in my garden full time, field ,
thermal water , massage,
18. mind exericses ;
19. world music
I know how to cook of many meal
22. love and women..
How to make someone feel in love yourself in 3 seconds,
What does it means rejection,,,
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|12-19-2010, 04:58 PM||#13 (permalink)|
Join Date: Apr 2008
|12-20-2010, 03:00 PM||#15 (permalink)|
Join Date: Aug 2010
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