What is a polymath actually?
The word polymath comes from the Greek word polymathes, which means “having learned much”. It used to designate a person who was knowledgeable in all the sciences, people like Aristotle or Da Vinci. However, in today’s age after the explosion of information, it has become essentially impossible to know all the sciences very well. So, today the word polymath designates someone who excels in at least a couple of sciences. But, the more the better of course.
However, we understand a bit more under the concept of a polymath. We think that it is not only important to be well educated in the sciences, but also in more practical affairs that are also really important in life. We think all sorts of skills are relevant for someone to further develop themselves, so we don’t want to exclude these from the required skillset of a polymath. For this reason, we also write articles and make videos on lifehacks, so that you will also learn how to become skilled in life, not only in science.
Why does Polymath University want to make uni level knowledge accessible to everyone?
There are many reasons, but the most important one for the founders is that they feel the world would be better off if more people knew these things. High quality education has turned our lives around, and we want to share the happiness with everybody that is interested. Knowledge is something great and beautful, and should be free for everyone.
What is your main goal?
We want to popularize scientific knowledge, so that people who are not experts have an easy way to familiarize themselves with scientific areas that were inaccessible to them before. Note, that this is not just about getting scientific knowledge to the general public, we also want to help scholars to learn more about other areas of expertise. In the end, this will be good for everyone, and foster more understanding and communication between the different levels of society.
How will learning new things about, say, math or philosophy improve my life?
Mathematics in particular is a great way to train your brain to reason better, and to make strong arguments. Philosophy as well, improves your ability to distinguish bad arguments from good arguments. Also, most of the wisdoms from philosophy have a relation to living a good life, in one way or another. It is clear, how these wisdoms can be useful for any scientist. Any scientist wants to reason well, with the least amount of errors, and be able to recognize good theories from other people. It is also obvious that the general public can benefit from learning such things, because they are the most at risk of being deceived by poor arguments. Just think about all the people that are being scammed on the web, just because they cannot recognize an argument that should be unconvincing.
Becoming familiar in more sciences will make you a more strong and developed person, who is able to stand their ground and defend their beliefs in a sophisticated manner whenever that is necessary.
How did you acquire all this knowledge?
It is due to a combination of factors. The founders have done multiple studies, and have spent much time exploring other sciences. This includes reading books but also discussing and learning theory from prominent experts in a certain field. We also work together with some academics, to fact check the articles and YouTube videos. So, our knowledge base arises from a vast network of experts, and high quality education.
This is a lot of stuff to learn. I don’t even know where to start. How should I approach this?
It can be overwhelming indeed, science has become such a vast field that it can become difficult to jump in and start learning. The thing is, that there isn’t really a specific starting point that can be followed by everyone in general. If you want to understand something complex it is usually like weaving a web. You cannot just put up one string and that’s it. You need to construct and interconnect many strings, and then after a while, you can see a web in the big picture. Learning something new in math is like putting up a string. But to really see the big picture, you need to have many strings, and see the connections.
Because understanding a science is structured like this, it is always kind of annoying to start out with one. Because there are so many new words, and you don’t really understand how things tie together. But, the more time and effort you invest, the more things are going to make sense. So, our advice is to just start, throw yourself in the deep end, and try to learn as much as you can. If you don’t know a word, or don’t understand a theory, just look it up. As time progresses, it will all start to make sense. And that is also when you start to realize how useful that knowledge really is.
Is there any way I can show my support to help Polymath University grow?
You can check out our YouTube videos, and let us know what you think in the comments. Don’t forget to subscribe, because this is really important today for channels to grow and to be found by YouTube’s search algorithms.
We would also very much appreciate any type of sharing of our articles and/or videos to help spread the word about our project.
Finally, you can help improve the quality of the videos and ensure that more content will be produced in the future by becoming our patron on https://www.patreon.com/polymathuni
Our patrons will also get extra perks, for example, you will be able to share your thoughts in the creative process and make suggestions about content that we will produce in the near future.