I’m totally one of these things

May 2, 2011

A polymath (Greek: πολυμαθής, polymathēs, “having learned much”)[1] is a person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas. In less formal terms, a polymath (or polymathic person) may simply be someone who is very knowledgeable. Most ancient scientists were polymaths by today’s standards.[2]
The common term Renaissance man is used to describe a person who is well educated or who excels in a wide variety of subjects or fields.[3] The idea developed in Renaissance Italy from the notion expressed by one of its most accomplished representatives, Leon Battista Alberti (1404–1472): that “a man can do all things if he will.” It embodied the basic tenets of Renaissance humanism, which considered humans empowered, limitless in their capacities for development, and led to the notion that people should embrace all knowledge and develop their capacities as fully as possible. Thus the gifted people of the Renaissance sought to develop skills in all areas of knowledge, in physical development, in social accomplishments, and in the arts.

(from Wikipedia)

Because knowing how to install a light fixture AND debate the distinct differences between True Religion and Seven jeans AND explain what happened in the 2008 financial crisis AND differentiate between Home Run variety shrub roses and Knock Out AND clip my feet into my bike pedals without killing myself or any innocent bystanders…totally makes me a polymath. Right?

Right? Right?

Is this thing on?

Ok, fine. Maybe all those things just make me a geek. A geek who tries to pay attention to stuff.

I think I want to be a polymath, though. Or…maybe I’ll just insert it into conversation as often as possible.

It will totally make me sound smart.


(Thanks, Grant, for the inspiration today)

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