Writing Prompt: How should we cultivate genius?
Let's talk about education and how we should advance the human mind.
We are currently studying 2000 years of utopian thought via the Utopian Collective.
This month we are studying Francis Bacon’s The New Atlantis and his essays which were published in 1626.
Bacon was very concerned with education and the advancement of the human mind, but he was also thinking about these things circa the 1600s. That’s why I want to introduce some supplementary reading material that will allow us to think about where those ideas can go from here.
To do that, we’re going to start by reading’s aristocratic tutoring series which he published for . His series is an interesting complement to some of the ideas in The New Atlantis so I want to read them, discuss them in the comments, and write our own essays about them.
Here’s the series in full so far:
Part I: “Why we stopped making einsteins”
Astral Codex Ten’s response “Contra Hoel On Aristocratic Tutoring”
Part II: “Objections to the importance of aristocratic tutoring”
Part III: “How geniuses used to be raised”
Read the above articles and contribute your thoughts on how we should cultivate genius in the comments. Better yet: write your own essay in response to the prompt and share the link to it in the comments. I will cross-post my favorite essay responses to the Utopian Collective, as well as add them to The Index for Oblivion, my utopian project!!
Your turn: how should we cultivate genius?
P.S. Just a reminder that you can find my complete reading list for the year right here. It’s a constantly evolving thing!
I've actually been writing about this (the process of how one learns, which may yield genius after enough successive iterations) in my quarterly zine, WHAT IT IS AND WHAT TO DO NEXT.
The next volume is coming out in April, and you can find the first three here: https://shop.shortwavepublishing.com/products/what-it-is-and-what-to-do-next-vol-1-3-bundle
That said, I'll schedule some time to write a Substack version of what I've learned so far. Is there a timeframe/deadline you're working towards, or would "mid-April" be good?
I really loved this writing prompt (and Erik's essays) - I wrote a short story as a response: https://claudiabefu.substack.com/p/welcome-to-gulmohur