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Comment on SC: Return of the Renaissance Man

Olena Sun, Aug 23, 2009
Thank you for this post.
Strangely, I read & commented on "Underground Castles..." before 'accidentally' coming upon this. Again, the Renaissance Man idea.
I really appreciate this; when I was younger, ever since I had learned of the idea of a Renaissance Man in grade school I had some notion that it was what I wanted to be. Now, I'm glad to be a part of this community of polymaths.

Also on that note; thanks for mentioning Montessori - hadn't heard of her before this, but I think our public school systems are definitely missing out on implementing her ideas, as you said.
Unfortunately it only hit me now, while in University: I know nothing. This year alone, I've read & researched more (on my own, making up for lost time) than I did over four high school years, & I loved every minute of learning. There's something amiss with that, isn't there? I wish the focus had been on actually learning back then - to captivate the mind, rather than just prepare it to be an automaton that scores well on tests.

It also ties into Fuller's question - “If success or failure of the planet and of human beings depended on how I am and what I do… How would I be? What would I do?”.
Wouldn't we be better off in a society of people who knew how to reason?