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A Polymath

The Oxford Dictionary defines a polymath as “a person of wide knowledge or learning.

A polymath (Greek: πολυμαθής, polymathēs, "having learned much"; Latin: homo universalis, "universal man") is an individual whose knowledge spans a significant number of subjects, known to draw on complex bodies of knowledge to solve specific problems


Why ICAN Online Pushes for Students to Become Polymaths?

First of all, polymaths are able to understand complex problems and offer creative solutions by drawing from their wide variety of knowledge. They can make connections between seemingly unrelated subjects with ease.

Being a polymath instead of a specialist is an advantage, not a weakness. People who love learning across fields can use that tendency to be more financially successful and impactful in their career. What follows is the most comprehensive case for becoming a polymath that has ever been created to my knowledge.

The future is clearly moving towards the Artificial Intelligence Phenomenon. Being a person who can solve complex problems is clearly an advantage in the future since AI is leaning towards specialization and being an expert in one job can be obsolete.

The ICAN Polymath Program

Being a Modern Day Polymath is not a one session class. It has become harder to find such after graduating from the university. As we make our way through school, we’re told constantly to specialize. Eventually, we get to the point where we are considered ‘experts’ in our field.


ICAN is developing a program that will teach students to expand their knowledge and widen their skills in order to become a polymath.

ICAN: Ad Astra and Minerva

Traditional schooling is no longer a futuristic approach. If not updated, the quality of education the students are getting may no longer be useful in the near future. 


The approach is to be like Ad Astra and Minerva.

Ad Astra was an experimental school on the campus of SpaceX in Hawthorne, California from 2014-2020. The independent spinoff school is now called Astra Nova and more information can be found at 

Minerva is intentionally designed to develop your intellect across multiple disciplines, as well as critical life skills, professional capabilities, and key aspects of your personal character.

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