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Old July 18th, 2006, 04:18 PM   #1

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A modern day Renaissance Man?


Leonardo Da Vinci, Michaelangelo. Are there people like this living today?
As far as I know I have never heard anyone being mentioned as the modern day Ben Franklin or Da Vinci. We we consider someone like Stephen Hawking or Bill Gates a Renaissance man?
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Old July 18th, 2006, 08:34 PM   #2

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Leonardo Da Vinci, Michaelangelo. Are there people like this living today?
As far as I know I have never heard anyone being mentioned as the modern day Ben Franklin or Da Vinci. We we consider someone like Stephen Hawking or Bill Gates a Renaissance man?
By definition, few if any people qualify for that title today. Including the two you mentioned.

Main Entry: Renaissance man
Function: noun
: a person who has wide interests and is expert in several areas

Renaissance man
n.
A man who has broad intellectual interests and is accomplished in areas of both the arts and the sciences.

Renaissance man - a modern scholar who is in a position to acquire more than superficial knowledge about many different interests;
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Old July 19th, 2006, 09:24 AM   #3

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So can anyone think of someone who qualifies?

It seems like today, the arts and sciences are on complete opposites of the spectrum.
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It all depends how you think of things. Couldn't creating something also be considered art even if you are creating something for use? Why does art have to be something you hang on the wall? For example. Those African masks. At one time, they were used for prayer and to be worn on their face, but now people have them hanging on their walls. One thing can be many different things. Maybe the computer will be considered art in 200 years when we have some new technology.
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there is so much knowledge nowadays, that it would be really difficult to be cutting edge in both arenas. It takes a lifetime to specialize in anything. Its too hard to be a renaissance man now.
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Old July 19th, 2006, 09:44 AM   #6

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It all depends how you think of things. Couldn't creating something also be considered art even if you are creating something for use? Why does art have to be something you hang on the wall? For example. Those African masks. At one time, they were used for prayer and to be worn on their face, but now people have them hanging on their walls. One thing can be many different things. Maybe the computer will be considered art in 200 years when we have some new technology.
Well if computers, programming, web design and such ever becomes an art, we will have a whole Generation filled with Renaissance men. :a
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Old July 8th, 2007, 01:29 PM   #7
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Re: A modern day Renaissance Man?


Then doesn't this mean we have to change the definition of Reniassance Man/Woman to mean something more modern?

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Main Entry: Renaissance man/woman
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: a person who has wide interests and has AN INTEREST and/or EXPERIENCE in several areas.

It would no longer be an expert in several areas (because I agree with forumnewbie that it is too difficult nowadays to be an expert in more than one subject) but interested and/or experienced in several areas.
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Old July 8th, 2007, 03:49 PM   #8

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I think that a "new" definition of Renaissance man must include the idea of excellence. Nowadays, with so much knowledge and discovery, I think excellence in one field of endeavor and superior achievement in another totally different one (one of art and one of science) must serve as a modern definition.

Being well-read in a variety of subjects would qualify one for being known as well-read.
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Old July 13th, 2007, 10:12 PM   #9
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Re: A modern day Renaissance Man?


Shouldn't being a Renaissance man mean that you have to write with a scroll and a quill pen and and wear academic gowns that look like graduation regalia and read a bunch of dead languages nobody speaks anymore and possess lots of totally useless knowledge that no-one really cares about anyways?
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