I want to become a polymath, where do I start?

I want to become a polymath, where do I start?

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  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    By knowing yourself

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      This.
      Source: I've participated in the local music scene. I've written several programs and contributed to some larger projects. I've been a top ranking CTF player in several fairly big competitions. I bind books. I garden. I read. I have a fairly decent grasp of Japanese, Irish, and English. I know enough about various religions and spiritual worldviews that I can hold a conversation about it, even up to the point of being able to discuss some fairly "esoteric" subjects. I know how to build a radio. I know how to create various weapons. I'm a fairly good cook. I went to university for mathematics, for fun, and now I'm working on a grad degree, just for the hell of it. I've read a lot about various political worldviews, so I actually know what I'm talking about when criticising the "left", "right" liberal dichotomy. I know how to create fuel and alcohol, I homebrew a pretty good mead and cider, I've got a fair grasp on chemistry AND biology, I've reverse engineered MMORPGs and contributed to still-used projects.
      And then some. Frankly, I'm just getting started.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Do you any form of strength training or fitness? Also how old are you, it mustve taken sometime to learn all that.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >Do you any form of strength training or fitness
          I have a home gym and I do some stretching and lifting. It's mostly just generic core, arms, legs, and cardio.
          >Also how old are you, it mustve taken sometime to learn all that.
          I'm 32. I probably really started it around 24 or so. Most of these things didn't take long. The programming/hacking stuff was something I messed around with when I was about 10 or 11 years old and onward, but I pick things up really quickly. Bookbinding took about 15 to 20 minutes to pick up and a week or two to become semi-competent at it. Once I started to experiment a little though, I got pretty good at it. It also had some overlap, my ability to sew became significantly better, etc.
          Oddly, reading is what took the most time. Not so much the act of reading, but the mentality surrounding "fun" that was drilled into my head by various "boomerisms." Despite reading a lot when I was a kid, I had it in my head that I could have a better use of my time. That was earlier on though, once you become considerate of the fact that life isn't a race and whatever you're doing is the most important thing that you could be doing at any given moment in time: It becomes very relaxing and made it much easier to do enjoyable things.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Thanks a lot for the information.

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Start putting in the hours in mastering your chosen fields.
    Pro-tip: browsing IQfy is not a skill.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      That's where you're wrong kiddo. Not just anyone can scroll IQfy for the length of time that most of us here do. You have a gift. I have a gift. All anon newbie and a old-fashioned alike have the same great gift. We qre region! We do not forget! Expect us!

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Spend 14 hours per day reading books

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    close the IQfy tab and turn off your computer.

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Start with math, then continue with poly.

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Pick one and get rid of it. That can be the only mistake someone makes.

  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >learn Latin, Greek, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian
    >know physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics
    >know how to play an instrument decently well
    >be well-versed in history, literature, philosophy, theology
    >know the Western Canon like the back of your hand
    >strength training and some kind of sport

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >I want to become a polymath, where do I start?
      Do you? Or do you just want to be well-educated. If you study the categories mentions with a reasonable amount of vigor, you could achieve a realistic and very solid well-rounded education.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      this sucks because I'm super bad at math so I can never become a real polymath

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Just force yourself to work through Basic Mathematics by Serge Lang until you get it.

        replace Russian with Hebrew
        >inb4 rabbi
        look at most polymaths of the day and you'll see they always have some exposure to Hebrew

        Hebrew is obviously important and lots of polymaths back in the day did study, but I think Russian has taken more precedence these days in terms of the Western Canon. Hebrew just allows you to read the old testament and Russian gets you access to all the Russian greats. If you're an earnestly believing Christian, your priorities might be different and that's fine.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        i was bad at math but something happened after learning latin and greek, and after taking a symbolic logic class in university and now its easy. I still make stupid mistakes all the time, but im teaching myself mutlivariable calculus now

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      replace Russian with Hebrew
      >inb4 rabbi
      look at most polymaths of the day and you'll see they always have some exposure to Hebrew

  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    THE GREEKS
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  9. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    shut up nerd

  10. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Lots of great answers here.

  11. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    You start by developing interest. Do not study for the sake of studying or just earning expertise. If your goal is becoming a polymath your studies will end up disperse, and you won't ever focus on one area. Start by developing what you like the most already then you branch out to related disciplines. For example general philosophy > aesthetics > art history > art criticism > literary criticism

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    This is what you must do
    Step 1. Jack off
    Step 2. Kys
    That is how I became a polymath. Best of luck anon!

  13. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >where do I start?
    The appropriate question is "when do I start" and the answer is "at four years of age".

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous
  14. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Get at least a minor in mathematics then from there go into other subjects

  15. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >where do I start?
    Birth (you've failed)

  16. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    should've had an asian tiger mom who forced you to learn piano and ancient greek at age 3

  17. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    start as a monomath and work your way up from there

  18. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    for what purpose do you wish to become a polymath? the time dedicated to become a polymath is extensive, and in the end you most probably wont have served any purpose or made anything remarkable

  19. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Memory palaces/Roman rooms

  20. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Pick the correct parents.

  21. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Learn the trivium, and then the Quadrivium, and you are good to go.

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