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Polymath - Word of the Day - Sat Sep 11, 2021


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polymath - (noun) - a person of encyclopedic learning

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Ben Franklin, one of America's Founding Fathers, was a well known polymath being an inventor, writer and diplomat, amongst others.

 

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One of the writing tropes of the fifties that I would love to see resurrected is Heinlein's "Competent Man". In writing and culture, there are forces at work that attempt to portray men as weak and incompetent as possible. This has all sorts of negative consequences as nations are only as strong as their men.

Every man is capable of being a polymath. It is merely a matter of backbone and confidence.

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