Are Polymaths in the Age of All Things?

There have been many articles published in the press about polymaths in recent years. All scientific fields that were fragmented have seen specialization prevail.

In economic science, there are now sub-fields, such as finance, accounting, accounting, and business administration.

One could suggest that this persistance in specialization is also responsible for the declining number of activities not associated to it. French and piano are no longer necessary education for the bourgeoisie. Foreign languages are learned primarily to get a better job, not because they love them or the culture they represent. The learning of a musical instrument is not considered part of basic education. It is only a hobby. This is true for all things related to culture and art. The lack thereof has had negative effects on society and quality of life.

A polymath today is a bit like Leonardo da Vinci and Aristotle. The concept of polymath is different because it implies that you have the ability to understand many scientific objects without having to specialize. Even in recent times, polymaths were “punished by” business and headhunters. They were deemed not to be “focused” on a particular field. These are both negative and visible consequences for companies and organizations, particularly in the struggle to attract talent. Polymaths have real talent.

The debate about the return of polymaths has been surprising, because it is obvious that over-specialization hinders the global view of the world and people become one-dimensional in what they know.

This comprehensive view is a benefit to polymaths, who can quickly find solutions. This is evident in practice in areas such as marketing where you need to have a solid understanding of sociology, psychology and economics.

Also, decisions about the economy which do not consider the historical, socio-cultural and cultural aspects of the society in question can be seen as a lack of polymaths.

The lack of polymaths is surprising in our era where by a simple search on the Internet questions are answered and numerous opportunities on learning different subjects exist – from foreign languages ​​to computer programming. Machine deep learning and Artificial Intelligence will eliminate repetitive tasks such as data entry. It is possible to be a polymath and find a job in Artificial Intelligence. Being a polymath offers flexibility because people have to work in multiple jobs throughout their lives.

A polymath’s compulsive nature makes it more difficult to be successful. It lacks the element or curiosity of Aristotle and Leonardo da Vinci, and it is not even a basic bourgeois culture.

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