Post date: Sep 28, 2017 10:46:14 PM
Interesting. Notice the difference in these two definitions.
Are these definitions mutually exclusive?
A savant is a learned person, especially a distinguished scientist. (Courtesy of Google)
An idiot savant is a person who is highly knowledgeable about one subject but knows little about anything else. (Courtesy of Merriam-Webster)
Usually distinguished scientists specialize in one area so are they idiot savants?
At the nuclear plant where I used to work, I was a savant of the computerized system they used. I could get information out of it faster and better than almost anyone else could there.
Also, at one time I could identify rock songs with just a little bit of lyric or a little bit of the music. I won hundreds of radio contests. I won thousands worth of CD’s, tickets, pizza certificates and other loot.
It is not hard to become a savant, just emerge yourself in a specific area and learn it by heart.
It certainly helps to spend hundreds if not thousands of hours learning and repeating that learning process.
I have used this method in every class I’ve taken in college getting my Bachelor’s degree then later getting my Master’s degree. It also helped social engineering the professors and other students to leverage my learning with enlisting their help, befriending them and using them to accomplish my goals. Also, I made many friends and am acquainted with many professors and some still recognize me many years later. That certainly is nice.
You love your family and are a savant concerning their history and the little things no one else would know.
What I am proving is if I can be a savant anyone can. If you can be a savant in one are then you can apply those same skills to another area. Simple, yet effective.
Use this formula for whatever project you are tackling and you can become a savant for just an hour or two.
We have some pewter that I plan to get back into shape. I have googled this and plan to be expert enough to correct it.
I have the bottom to a glass that broke off that I love the way the cobalt color of a portion that broke off contrasts with the clear base and want to use it for a paperweight. I plan to get expert enough to smooth the sharp edges to make it usable for a desk paperweight and a conversation starter.
Watch YouTube videos, read books, study others who have done what you want to do, practice as much as you need to and voila, you are an instant success in whatever you are pursuing. Dear Readers and Dear Writers, it is all up to you and your perseverance.
Let me know how this works for you and many happy successes in the future (near and far).
“If we are not here to help each other, then what are we here for?” David Alan Binder