Autodidact Polymath Definition

Autodidact Polymath Definition

Auto-di-dact Poly-math

Definition:

Autodidact: A self-taught person. [From Greek autodidaktos, self- taught : auto-, auto- + didaktos, taught.

Polymath: A polymath (Greek polymathēs, “having learned much”) is a person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas.

The Goal: To provide the foundational tools that aid on the journey of becoming a renaissance man.

Renaissance Men and Women:
Recognize
(Using the Heart)
Care enough to recognize the problem.

Diagnose
(Using the Mind)
Understand the causal factors of the problem.

Act
(Using your Guts)
Take the required action necessary to rectify the causal factors.

Autodidact’s have employed (whether implicitly or explicitly) a systematic process of learning when embarking upon the journey of educating ones-self in the area of an unknown subject.

Like a factory churning widgets in a predictable, repeatable way of achieving the desired result.

Our desired result as an Autodidact Polymath is to be empowered with tools & techniques that facilitate the ability to freely learn any subject for oneself, without relying on the appeal to false authority.

The repeated application of the process of learning new subjects with a minimum of effort, leads to acquiring a diverse knowledge base and useable skills across multiple mediums and diverse subjects.

Learning a repeatable method to learn anything, is the 1st step on the journey to experiencing the serenity and self-assurance of trusting ones own five senses and thought process.

We can employ a similar mechanical production line to our learning process, in the form of a natural sequence of Identifying the parts of the whole, organizing those parts and creating useable rhetoric and applicable wisdom.

In the natural and systematic process of learning, known as the Trivium and Quadrivium. We experience the self-assurance and self-confidence offered in life by, adding the working knowledge, understanding and wisdom of a new subject, to a growing body of organized and integrated life knowledge, in the field of understanding the self and reality.

This process aids the individual in shortening the “learning curve” in the pursuit of achieving the mastery of a given subject.

“This makes a person a first-hand, independent thinker rather than remaining a second-hand, dependent thinker. In not relying on his own organized thoughts, a second-hand thinker (usually one marked by low self-esteem) has his mental content filled by various so called authorities like the mass media and its advertising; professionals and politicians, some of whom may be unscrupulous; officials, both benign and despotic, in schools and in the work place.” Gene Odening.

 

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  • Seven Rio

    There’s so many subjects I enjoy. I’ll never stop learning.

  • http://www.RedNovaMedia.com/ DJ Nicke

    Thank you for writing this article!
    I never realized how valuable teaching myself truly was.

    Looking back now, I can see that I was never limited by my schooling or by my teachers.
    I took what they had I offer me – respectfully and eagerly – but my growth wasn’t dependent solely upon their instruction or guidance.

    I was determined to learn the subject with or without them, and I looked to them more as guides rather than role models.

    It’s nice to hear there are others out there like me!