Thursday, November 21, 2013

Polymath Redux

I've previously discussed being a polymath here and here.  I talked about the definition of being a polymath, the difficulties, and my thoughts on the requirements.  In the second article, I talked about walking away from becoming a polymath to look into space exploration. Well, it seems that this topic has struck a nerve, not just with you, but in my life as well.

My thoughts keep going from topic to topic.  I'm not giving up on Japanese, space exploration, or anything else I've talked about.  I want to find a way to learn as much as I can about as much as I can.  I want to get a solid framework of how both the universe, in general, and humanity, specifically, work. 

This is the kind of education you would think you'd receive during public schooling, but it's not even close.  The main issue is the severe interdependency that each topic has with every other topic.  Physics can teach us more about philosophy, computer science can teach us more about chemistry, and anthropology can teach us more about mythology.  This is why I'm a big fan of taking unrelated minors alongside a major (or two) at college.

The interconnecting material seems to be language/linguistics and mathematics.  In addition, higher level knowledge seems to be based on lower level knowledge.  For example, physics builds on math, chemistry builds in physics, biology builds on chemistry, and anthropology, sociology, and psychology all build on biology.  Granted, I'm sure you knew most of that, but it all seems to go back to math.  When you get into the humanities, you seem literature building on linguistics, history building on all sorts of fields, art building on perception (psychology), and much more.  I'm not quite sure how mathematics and linguistics connect, but I bet it would be interesting to find out.

I've very interested in figuring out the physics of how the universe interacts with itself, using chemistry to understand what the universe is made of, and using biology, psychology, and philosophy to understand humanity's place in the universe.

Am I crazy?  Probably, but in a fun/good way.  I like to think of myself as a eclectic eccentric cogniphile these days.  For those who don't know what those mean (and are unwilling to Google them), eclectic means I don't have specific preferences (in learning, music, books, TV, movies, etc); eccentric means odd, quirky, or a 'little bit different than the rest'; and a cogniphile is someone who loves learning, knowledge, and understanding.  I'd like to add bibliophile in there as well, but it doesn't seem to flow as well. 

Crazy person signing off!

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