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7,178 hits Rate me! Share Favorite | Flag 11 years ago by Ongooshk

Do you consider yourself a polymath?
A polymath is a person whose knowledge is not restricted to one subject area.


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11 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 10/4/08 - 5:22:42 PM EST (GMT-5)
I thought it meant multiple maths...
11 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 10/4/08 - 5:25:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
if you're going by that broad definition, then everyone is.
11 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 10/4/08 - 5:32:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Saturday 10/4/08 - 5:25:04 PM Proserpine wrote:
if you're going by that broad definition, then everyone is.


I would say you would have to be educated to degree level. If you know a few minor facts about science, but have your degree in English, I wouldn't consider you a polymath.

You don't have to have multiple degrees, merely have a knowledge base equal to that of degree level.
11 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 10/4/08 - 5:32:35 PM EST (GMT-5)
The only times I've seen the term used, it refers to people who could be thought of as experts and/or a genius in multiple subject areas, like Francis Galton or Leonardo da Vinci.

I can't imagine theres many of them on YT really (or generally for that matter).
11 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 10/4/08 - 5:38:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Saturday 10/4/08 - 5:25:04 PM Proserpine wrote:
if you're going by that broad definition, then everyone is.
On Saturday 10/4/08 - 5:32:01 PM Ongooshk wrote:
I would say you would have to be educated to degree level. If you know a few minor facts about science, but have your degree in English, I wouldn't consider you a polymath. You don't have to have multiple degrees, merely have a knowledge base equal to that of degree level.

Ah, that clears it up.

Then, no.
11 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 10/4/08 - 5:41:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Saturday 10/4/08 - 5:32:35 PM Floor Demon wrote:
The only times I've seen the term used, it refers to people who could be thought of as experts and/or a genius in multiple subject areas, like Francis Galton or Leonardo da Vinci. I can't imagine theres many of them on YT really (or generally for that matter).


^Ditto

Another example is Nabokov, who was a literary genius and also an expert on butterflies and chess.
11 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 10/4/08 - 10:42:47 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, I love English but if you ask me any kind of math question above the 8th grade level don't expect me to know it.
11 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Sunday 10/5/08 - 11:38:40 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Saturday 10/4/08 - 5:32:35 PM Floor Demon wrote:
The only times I've seen the term used, it refers to people who could be thought of as experts and/or a genius in multiple subject areas, like Francis Galton or Leonardo da Vinci. I can't imagine theres many of them on YT really (or generally for that matter).


I'll throw Goethe into that category. I highly doubt there's anyone of that intellectual caliber here. But do let me know if you founded a new field of science, write poetry that will still be read and loved a couple hundred years from now, participate in national political debates, and have authored classic screenplay.
11 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 10/6/08 - 12:14:39 AM EST (GMT-5)
Benjamin Franklin is another one. And perhaps Clare Boothe Luce

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clare_...
11 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 10/6/08 - 12:19:23 AM EST (GMT-5)
yes.
11 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 10/6/08 - 2:11:45 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yes. English and cooking.
11 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 10/6/08 - 3:32:38 AM EST (GMT-5)
yer i am im an expert in drinking an im an expert in uhhhh hmmm.... sleeping?
11 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 10/6/08 - 4:36:26 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 10/6/08 - 3:32:38 AM Eddy59 wrote:
yer i am im an expert in drinking an im an expert in uhhhh hmmm.... sleeping?

you could go to college or something.
11 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 10/6/08 - 12:24:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, English and Biology.
11 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 10/6/08 - 12:28:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
Haha you retards. None of you are polymaths. None of you are experts in even one field. Polymaths don't just know sh*t, they actually add to their fields.
11 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 10/6/08 - 6:13:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
Monomath?
11 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 10/6/08 - 6:46:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 10/6/08 - 6:13:56 PM KatelynMarie wrote:
Monomath?


Let's not get carried away...
11 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 10/6/08 - 6:53:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
I wish I were... *sigh*

For a modern example, by the way, a lot of people cite Hofstadter for his contributions to physics, mathematics, AI, philosophy, and artwork of various sorts (including originating the term ambigram), spends time composing music, and speaks along the lines of eight or so languages (although not all fluently, by his admission).
11 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 10/6/08 - 9:50:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
I really enjoy, and avidly study many subjects such as history, language, and architectural graphic design, so I guess I am
11 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 10/6/08 - 9:52:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 10/6/08 - 12:28:54 PM Hael wrote:
Haha you retards. None of you are polymaths. None of you are experts in even one field. Polymaths don't just know sh*t, they actually add to their fields.


I add to the field of architectural design by teaching children the basics of the art, so I do add to one field.
I am hoping to become either a teacher or archaeologist by using my language skills.
You are correct that I am not a polymath, but I am trying my best to become one in the near future, just give me some time!
11 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 10/6/08 - 11:42:24 PM EST (GMT-5)
i'm a jack of all trades.
11 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Wednesday 10/8/08 - 12:02:35 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 10/6/08 - 6:53:51 PM Malletman wrote:
I wish I were... *sigh* For a modern example, by the way, a lot of people cite Hofstadter for his contributions to physics, mathematics, AI, philosophy, and artwork of various sorts (including originating the term ambigram), spends time composing music, and speaks along the lines of eight or so languages (although not all fluently, by his admission).


say whaaaaaaaa?
11 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Wednesday 10/8/08 - 10:29:03 AM EST (GMT-5)
i suck at everything
11 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Wednesday 10/8/08 - 10:53:52 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 10/6/08 - 12:28:54 PM Hael wrote:
None of you are polymaths. None of you are experts in even one field. Polymaths don't just know sh*t, they actually add to their fields.

Yeah, there's no way I'm in DaVinci's category, but relatively speaking, I have better-rounded skills than most people around me.
11 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Wednesday 10/8/08 - 11:30:50 AM EST (GMT-5)
Well it's a lot harder to identify living polymaths. Generally you need a century or two of history to see the real impact of their work and how significant they were.

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