on interdisciplinary intelligence; or, how being good at everything makes you better at everything

I.  cultural stereotypes (geeks are supposed to be pale and pasty, jocks are supposed to be dumb, people amazed when a beautiful girl excels in something unrelated to her appearance – cite Shamcey and that one PNPA grad a few years back)

II. examples from history
    Ben Franklin, Jose Rizal, Niels Bohr, Lord Byron – (oh god, where are the women?)

IV. personal observances
  A. how trying another sport made me better at my first sport
  B. Alex C.’s beautiful biceps

V. Why this is important
   A. “when a lumberjack, an entomologist, and a naturalist walk through the woods, they are seeing completely different things.” – Jason Pargin (just an approximate quote from the cracked podcast ep Tipping Points) – specializing in a field gives a person a unique lens through which to view the world, or a unique tool to solve a problem (the tool thing from Rolf Dobelli, who stole it from God knows who)
   B. familiarizing oneself with different fields multiplies one’s perspectives on the world and encourages new approaches to problems
   C. criticize schools for perverting a system that was supposed to awaken interest in varied fields in young people and killing potential
    1. subjects not taught by knowledgeable teachers
    2. students forced to excel at things for which they have no aptitude (suggest a specialized curriculum)
    3. current classroom setting not built to foster Learning but conformity
        a. classroom model was created when books were too expensive for everyone to own and makes no sense to use anymore
        b. suggest ways of using technology to allow kids to learn at their own pace
        c. how this makes more sense economically (not just for rich private school kids in weird schools)
   D. suggest ways for young adults to start learning again
     1. visit interesting facilities 
     2. talk with your friends about their jobs
     3. try new activities (sports, arts, seminars)
     4. pay attention to the world
     5. read
         a. do not waste time reading dumb shit
         b. learn to verify sources
         c. read TLP and cracked (maybe I’ll put a reading list here)
     6. listen to cracked podcasts
     7. talk to experts


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