We need more polymaths.
People who can synthesize the wonderful worlds of physics, art, fashion, poetry, music, law, philosophy, economics, psychology, architecture, design, biology, aeronautics, literature, and technology.
Great polymaths change how we see the world.
My favorite polymath is Marshall McLuhan.
He seemed to know everything about everything, from the G.K Chesterton’s thoughts on religion, to Lewis Mumford’s thought on technology, James Joyce’s influence on poetry.
His books are a fusion of ideas you won’t find anywhere else.
We no longer believe in polymaths.
Markets and academia increasingly reward specialization, so we encourage people to focus, suppress their curiosities, and study one thing only.
But the Internet is polymathic in nature.
All of are weaving together a polymathic web of ideas.
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