ok, I can process it now.... I've been reading all these overviews of productivity books analyzing artists and inventors etc. and they all focus on the productivity tools. They all focus on the 10,000+ hrs to mastery. They all think that people can only master 1-3 things in their lifetimes and nothing more. That the genius or 'renaissance man' was essentially something of the past.And it got me thinking...
That just can't be true! So I looked over them again and they kept bringing up Leonardo da Vinci and this one guy who just mastered nearly everything and they couldn't figure out how he did it. So they focused on his journals (his productivity system). But then it hit me... All these people have been told in their lifetime that they can get more done if only they put more work into what they are doing and if they are organized enough...
That's not a stool. Leonardo da Vinci had interests that spanned sports, engineering, anatomy and art. Just to go into specifics... What does that all have in common?
They're interconnected only in the fact that they revolved around one another with a core interest. The productivity sytem, the skills? That's just the bolts holding it all together.
@RadioAngel There'a whole lot of truth to this. If you can find a core principle or system that relates to numerous other areas, then it is the structure which supports knowledge or expertise in many areas.
I think of it as a framework or tree from which you can hang any number of elements. So long as the framework itself is there, what you hang off of it (so long as they fit on the framework) really doesn't matter. So if for Da Vinci as you say the core was mechanics, then the rest just follows from that.
@RadioAngel A tree (or river network, or any other sort of vascular / dendritic system) also conveys the sense of more central and foundational concepts, and more developed and specialised ones.
There are some very good reasons to think that ideas and concepts actually strongly resemble biological evolution (another tree) in mechanism and results, and hence, would give rise to similar structures.
A distinction is that in thought and ideas, there can be multiple intersecting trees which grow both together and apart. Such that a specific concept or idea my be traced from multiple origins. (See James Burkes's Connections and Web of Knowledge concepts for this, especially.)
@RadioAngel A bit of a coda to this.
I was talking with a friend about the notion that "everything is connected to everything else".
I'd remembered that from Barry Commoner. My friend had attributed it to John Muir. Looking it up, both did use the concept, though were preceded by Leonardi da Vinci:
To develop a complete mind: Sutyd the art of science; study the science o fart. Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.
Which I think ties back to your initial observation.
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