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Polymathics is what polymaths and polymathists do: learn lots of different things. It is not the depth of your learning that counts so much, but its breadth. There is a synergy in having multiple areas of competence, mastery and expertise- even if we can't agree exactly what constitutes each of these things- the more areas you cover the greater your ability to cross-fertilise knowledge to great effect.

This blog has 100s of articles covering a wide variety of subjects- polymathics, becoming smarter, the simple life, travel, self-help and writing being the main pillars of the project. 

I also give occasional talks and consulting converstions on polymathics and a few other things. 

Much of it spins off from the 10 books I have written, all available at Amazon among other places. The latest two being:

Click on the below to see it at amazon: 

Zenslacker- 101 things to bear in mind when you're doing nothing

This is available for kindles only. It's a very short book and is designed for people who need a few good ways to breakout of feeling time and spirit poor.

The other one is:

 

 

Click here to get to Amazon for my new book: RED NILE

Sunday Times (May 19 2013) say: "Robert Twigger's ambitious biography of the Nile is an unexpected triumph...a scintillatingly colourful account of a river and a region Twigger knows intimately...an elegiac moving book...hugely entertaining...probably the author's magnum opus"

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"No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit." Helen Keller.

Saturday
Nov022013

How to be charismatic

Who doesn't want to be charismatic? Well not everyone. I recall a student of Carlos Castenada's saying that if there were 30 people in the room the 30th one you'd pick as Carlos Castenada would be Carlos Castenada. Which is sort of related to an assumption about charisma in its true meaning- a religiously inspired energy- which you can still observe in very convinced believers...but this is not where I wanted to go here. What I am interested in is what my good friend Frank observed- 'if you like to be liked then you'll be a nice guy but if you make it your job to do the things you like then you'll be charismatic'. Who isn't inspired by a true enthusiast, even a little? Different from a bore, who has replaced enthusiasm with obsession- kind of like exchanging gold for lead.

Maybe one can use the pleasant prospect of being thought charismatic as a carrot for pursuing more of the things that really interest.

Wednesday
Oct302013

Zenslacker- 101 things to bear in mind when you're doing nothing

On Amazon on Kindle and rather interesting. CLICK HERE.

Wednesday
Oct302013

clean energy/dirty energy

Think about the difference between clean energy and dirty energy- in human terms. When someone has a lot of emotion tied up with their energy it has a heavy feel. Think about those top athletes who just seem to be playing when they are at the top of their game, even in conversation they have a real lightness. Clean energy is like a thinner higher octane version of joy I think, I suspect it becomes awareness if there is a spectrum of such things. Or wonder.

Thursday
Oct242013

drama v. learning

 

Neurons need stimulation otherwise they die. If we are not learning they seek stimulation in drama, domestic excitement or even just watching movies. So drama addiction takes the place of learning- but that kind of stimulation does not GROW new connections, it simply pleasurably blasts a few old ones. And doesn't time whizz by watching movies every night?

If you want to slow time down start learning a foreign language or something else useful you find difficult. 

 

Thursday
Oct242013

self

 

Don’t self destruct, or self obstruct...

Self construct

 

Monday
Oct142013

core creativity v. spin off creativity

 

Core creativity versus spin-off creativity- is there a difference?

A new brick versus a hundred uses for a brick?

Deep creativity versus surface complication?

Merely stirring the pot and mixing things up does not seem as creative as making something simple and new. I think to make something utterly new you are better served by going back to first principles. Example: Keith Johnstone’s impro games came about after studying the THEORY of status as applied to animal interactions. He then applied it to a theatrical situation/interaction- to produce hundreds of ‘games’ that generated new dramatic material for actors and writers to work with. The Lumineers wrote their utterly compelling and simple songs after deciding to go right back to basics. By simplifying they created something new and of the moment.

Core creativity is when you simplify to make something new. Surface creativity is when you complicate to make something new.

Try this: instead of putting on a ‘creative’ head put on a ‘simplifying’ one when you next try to solve some problem or come up with a new story, song, book, game. 

 

Friday
Sep272013

The H word: humility

The word 'humility' is used from time to time in the press and usually stands for self-deprecating behaviour, agreeing with someone who criticises you, not being pushy. But actually you can be pushy, refuse to agree with personal criticism and even be rather boastful- and still be genuinely humble. Humility - as a useful term - simply means adopting an 'open' posture towards learning. The more open you are the greater your humility. A shy modest person who refuses to seriously consider any new information is the prideful one.