Thursday, February 1, 2018

My Life Goals

What does want from life?
Does one have goals or does one drift from one impulsive activity to the next.  Frankly, until two weeks ago my goals in life were dictated by others.  I have lived an obscure life, not because it was what I wanted, but because I had obligations and hardships that took precedence.  However, now my children are grown, my cancer s behind me and, though my wife and I have aspirations for more, our life is financially stable and our time is our own.

So, I have six goals for the rest of my life, which I fully expect to encompass at least another 25 years (it is what I promised my wife when we married).  They are as follows:

  1. My wife and I want to see the world.  I'll leave it at that.
  2. I want to participate in the creation of The Polymathic Institute, which will promote polymathic research, education, careers, community and lifestyles.  I will know I have succeeded when a person might ask, "What do you do?" and the answer, "I'm a Polymath" won't seem strange.  There are many parts to this, The Polymathic Academies, Polymath Certification, The Polymath, Leonardo, Polymathica, and more.  But the goal is singular, to make being a Polymath, rather than a Specialist, a viable life option.
  3. I have three books in me.  Each I consider extremely important, even groundbreaking.  The first is "The Transformation: The emerging golden age of Man".  I summarize it in the tab "The Transformation" and elaborate on it in several tabs.  But it all needs to be brought together in a comprehensive treatment.  
  4. "Before the Flood" Somewhere in East Africa 400kya to 300kya a small population of archaic humans became reproductively isolated and began evolving into anatomically modern humans, finally moving out of their home and into the Levant about 100kya.  During this time the population fixed on one mtDNA and one Y Chromosome, creating the 'mitochondrial Eve' and the 'Y Chromosomal Adam' from whom we are all descended.  Over the next 70ky modern humans expanded over all of Eurasia, Africa and Australia, replacing archaic humans everywhere.  Then about 20kya the ice age ended, glaciers melted, the earth was flooded as massive amounts of meltwater moved accross the land and to the oceans, raising sealevel over 100 meters.  Whatever flood was referenced in the Bible and other ancient texts, this meltwater flood was, by far, the largest flood ever experienced by modern humans.  Soon after the flooding ended and the Holocene began.  At this point agriculture and then civilization emerged independently in at least three different places at about the same time.  The story is seriously hinky and drawing on several subjects I infer a more believable story of what happened Before the Flood.
  5. On Being Human.  Here I will look at several aspects of what makes us what we are.  First, will be a large section entitled Paleosociology.  The basic idea is that our ancestors began 6mya - 4mya as a species from which humans, chimps and bonobos all descended.  As we see today chimps and bonobos display culture most of which appears to be primarily genetically determined but some of which appears to be learned.  As the precursor to humans moved out of the forest and into the savanna their social structure needed to change.  How it changed can be inferred from the survival pressures to which the nascent species needed to adapt.  The different environment led, somehow, to a growing brain and more complex social structures.  Simultaneously, as cranial volume increased, a larger portion of the Paleosociology became learned.  Today, much of human behavior is perplexing  However, if the Paleosociology is properly described, it should all make sense.  Simultaneously, as I discuss briefly in "The Inappropriately Excluded" IQ differences in combination with the Simonton Gap creates the fine structure of modern society.  There are essentially five levels, 1) 140+ are dominated by the Inappropriately Excluded, 2) the Elites are 113-139, 3) 96-112 are the Engaged, 4) 76-95 are the Pros and 5) are the Dependents.  It's much more complex, of course, and I will discuss it.  Lastly, with a full understanding of the Paleosociology and the 'Natural Castes' caused by the Simonton Gap, I will look at how one might structure an efficient and just society.
  6. The Rise of Microstates: I will start with at least two first principles of Information Age political philosophy.  They are 1) No person should be required to live under a body of laws, policies and programs that they consider to be fundamentally unjust and 2) sovereignty is held severally by every individual and may be irrevocably aggregated through an uncoerced affirmation of a social contract. In combination these two principles validate an absolute right to Secession when to do otherwise would violate either of these principles.  I will then undertake an historical and economic analysis of past and present Microstates.  I then will look at principle 1 to determine how many sets of laws, programs and policies there are likely to be.  I will also consider whether similar Microstates are likely to affiliate in commonwealths.  Lastly, I will look at Polymathica as a possible basis for Microstate and describe such a Microstate' on the Bahamian island of Santana Caye.  As a possible 7. If feasible, I may attempt to build it.
This is a whole lot of work and will likely occupy the remainder of my productive life.  This will be my finely crafted life.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Leonardo Network

A six figure part time income by blogging is possible through the Leonardo Network. Leonardo is a multi pathway system of induced virality based upon mutually beneficial behavior among its members.  Authors will have 140+ D15IQ, be polymathic and be excellent thinkers and writers.  Readers will be from the top 5% of the population in intellectual sophistication.  Leonardo Bloggers will be the primary source of article writers for The Polymath.

Leonardo Theory
Leonardo will become a kind of hybrid super intelligence in which each node of the neural network, a Leonardo Blogger, will make a 
determination of the importance of each article they receive and pass on to their subscribers about 25% of them. In this way, virality will not be based solely upon 'least common denominator' (kitten videos and celebrity gossip) but also upon an intellectually sophisticated consensus of Leonardo Bloggers.

This will be extremely disruptive to the current, highly partisan and demagogic status quo.  The controversy these articles create will only serve to increase Leonardo's reach.  I have found this with 'The Inappropriately Excluded'.  Because it is controversial, it is approaching 100,000 views while most of my articles only get 3,000 to 5,000 views.

Practical Careers
Being a Leonardo Blogger is definitely designed to be a paying gig, low six figures USD in the first year and high six figures by year three.  And, that is part time.  The purpose is to provide a productive activity that is fulfilling and with sufficient income and enough time to pursue a diversity of other activities.

I know that many people think that blogging is a good way to starve.  I know this because they want to argue with me about it.  It is true that if you set up a blog, monetize it through Adsense and/or Amazon and promote it to your warm market, you won't make much money at all.  But then, imitating people who are failing has never been a good strategy for success.

My claims may seem implausible to some, but "State of the Blogosphere - 2017" found that the average professional blogger earns 138K USD per year. So, it is simply a matter of finding more efficient ways of building circulation and profitable monetization.  With a promoted subscriber list and proper monetization, the blog model works; it simply needs different implementation strategies.

By way of example, let's look at Dick Morris.  He has built a subscription list of 460K readers.  He did so by promoting his site on Fox News.  Now, his business model is complex, as yours will undoubtedly become over time.  But let's just start with a weekly article with 5 ads and a net $8 CPM to you.  This would give you ad revenue of nearly $1.0 million per year.

You, almost certainly, cannot go on a highly rated television show to promote your blog.  However, I have found a different way to get a similar result. 

By joining and participating in the Leonardo Network, you can build truly significant traffic.  We have also created a plan for a more appropriate and market standard $8 CPM ad rate for your monetization strategy. 

This is being organized by The Polymathic Institute, whose mission is to promote polymathic research, education, careers, community and lifestyles.  The Polymath and Leonardo will do this generally but also specifically for about 1,200 Institute Members.

The Basic Mechanics
First, Leonardo is not meant for all bloggers.  It is the affiliated blogosphere to The Polymath, a weekly PDF magazine publishing articles at the highest level of intellectual sophistication.  The Polymath will publish articles of general interest aad Leonardo will allow readers to supplement their reading in areas of special interest to them.

Since The Polymath and Leonardo will have a readership with a mean IQ around 2.3σ or a D15IQ of about 135, according to the Simonton Gap (persuasiveness maxima at 1.2σ IQΔ), Leonardo Bloggers will have a mean IQ of 3.5σ ± .8 or a 15 point deviation IQ of 140+.  Of course, erudition and quality writing skills are also critical.  However, they can be developed and one's IQ is pretty much what it is.
So, here is what we are planning to do.  

If you haven't already done so, you will first start a blog.  Don't get too deeply into presentation at first.  Your readers are driven by ideas, not graphics.  WordPress is the biggest blog service with blogger second.  But you may choose whatever blog software you want and vlogging is also an option.  

You will also need to get an email service.  I use MailChimp which is free to 2,000 subscribers and reasonable thereafter. I have one account for The Polymath and one for my personal blog.

Your next objective is to get your 'Warm Market' to subscribe.  When I did this I got 350 of my 1,100 Facebook Friends to subscribe immediately.  I got another 400 from other social media networks, primarily linkedin, twitter and Google+.  Your goal is 1,000 subscribers to start, which I exceeded in about two months.  Over the first few months through SEO, links in your social media and organic virality, your average views should be around 3,000.  That is because you will overtly encourage sharing of your articles.

With an 8 page blog post per week and $8CPM, your weekly income is $192.  However, even though $8CPM is sort of an industry minimum, you won't get anywhere near that relying on Google or Amazon.  That's where a lot of blogs die.  They get a couple thousand page views, but they earn less than $20 per week and they just give up.  Leonardo fixes that, but I'll talk about that later.

Next, having joined The Polymathic Institute you will next join the Leonardo Project.  There, you will subscribe to about four Leonardo bloggers and strive to get four of them to subscribe to you.  That will be the average.

Every Leonardo Blogger will send a weekly email newsletter to their subscribers that will include  a relatively short introduction and Abstracts (with link) to his or her weekly article and about four articles received from Leonardo Bloggers to which they have subscribed.  This means that on average, each Leonardo Blogger will be presented to their three thousand readers and the 12,000 readers of four other Leonardo Bloggers.

This is income of 15×8×8=$960 per week or $49,920 per year.  That is a good goal at 3 months.  For many participants this is sufficient to quit their job.

But, this is only the beginning.  SEO, backlinks and downstream subscriptions will grow your circulation.  Most will come from the induced virality of the Leonardo Network.

The average article will go to the subscribers of four other Leonardo Bloggers before dying out.  In other words, four Leonardo subscribers will include your abstract in their weekly newsletter.  These, mostly, will be in the next three generations after which the interest gradient (explained later) causes virality to die out.  So, there are 4+16+64=84 Leonardo members that over time receive one of your articles and, presumably, may pass your article on to their subscribers. That is 84×3,000=252,000 potential subscribers.

However, it is actually much more than that because the 2,000 readers reached through shares will differ among Leonardo Members and with each article.  In reality, with time, the number of unique readers will reach into the millions.  

With millions of readers over time, if the articles of a Leonardo Blogger are of sufficient quality, direct subscribers will increase, perhaps dramatically.

That is the basic structure of Leonardo and, if you think about it deeply, you will see why it works.  You may even have a visual image of articles being like electric impulses in the brain, heading out, every one, by a different, almost unique set of pathways.

So, a first year readership goal can reasonably be, say 50K readers per article with, perhaps 4,000 to 5,000 subscribers.  That translates to 50×8×$8×52=$166,400.  There, as I promised, is your route to six figure income in under one year.  

But, that is hardly the end of it.  By the end of year two or three your total readership at this growth rate will exceed 200,000 and your income will be around $650,000.  Because of Pareto, top bloggers may reach seven figure income.

The Interest Gradient
The Leonardo Network creates an interest gradient that enhances the effectiveness of the induced virality.  That is because when you go to Leonardo to get your four Leonardo subscribers, the four that subscribe will be the four who are the most interested in your articles.  Their subscribers, including their 16 subscribing Leonardo Members, will generally be interested in your articles, but not as interested as your direct subscribers.  With each degree of separation the interest level decreases until your probability of being forwarded decreases toward zero.  We refer to this as the interest gradient and it is very critical to an understanding of Leonardo as a hybrid superintelligence.  It also keeps the system from getting swamped with articles.

Also, Leonardo is dynamic and self curating.  What I mean by this is that the connections are constantly changing as the system searches for the most efficient lines of communication.  An example would be if Leonardo Member A (LMA) sends out an article to LMB, LMC, LMD and LME.  LMB likes the article so he chooses it for his next week's email.  His LM subscriber LMF decides that LMA is actually a closer match for her, so she unsubscribes from LMB and subscribes to LMA.  Now LMB needs to find a new LM subscriber.  On the other hand, on the basis of the article, LMC decides that LMA is not the best choice, unsubscribes and goes back to Leonardo to find a different upstream connection.  LMA lost one and gained one, so he's even.

These changes in subscriptions will, over time, create a more efficient interest gradient and fewer articles of little or no interest landing in people's inboxes. 

Far Better Than Blog Rolls
When blogs were new, blogrolls were touted as a way to induce virality.  They generally had little impact and are relatively uncommon today.

The newsletter format will be far more effective.  The reason is that the articles you choose will be placed front and center for the reader with an abstract to entice them to click on the "read more" link.  With a subscription pop-up at the destination, not only will the format likely exceed the critical r>1 threshold but sign ups should be significant.

It is important to understand that as a Leonardo blogger, you are also a publisher of a highly targeted newsletter.  Your subscribers will not only eagerly await your email to find out what you've written, but also what editorial choices you made with regard to what other articles you have chosen to include.  Your open rate is critical to your success and all five articles you publish contribute to that.

It may not be immediately apparent, but Leonardo is designed to automatically evolve into the dominant Blogosphere on the Internet and one of the leading, if not the leading, news sources in the world.  That is because there are built in evolutionary mechanisms.  They are:

  1. Readers are constantly being exposed to other bloggers.  That means that readers will be inclined, over time, to unsubscribe to inferior bloggers in favor of superior bloggers.
  2. Successful Leonardo Bloggers will constantly scour Leonardo for the best bloggers so that their newsletters will constantly improve.
  3. Superior Leonardo Bloggers will get more virality both from their own newsletter and the downstream newsletters in which they are published.
  4. Over time inferior bloggers will lose their Leonardo subscribers. Simultaneously increasing blogger incomes will attract new participants and the best will likely find acceptance. 

An Admonishment about Pareto
As with nearly all opportunities a Pareto style distribution will describe the distribution of subscribers.  However, in this case it will likely start at around 1.5 million readers and decrease at a rate of about 1%.  This implies 150,000,000 article reads per week and an average annual income of $499,200.  While the average income is high, because of the very long tail, the medisn is income will be substantially lower.  Consequently, Leonardo will be, for many bloggers, a part of a more robust monetization strategy.

This will disrupt the Mainstream Media
Right now nearly all 150+ D15IQ people are inappropriately excluded.  Many of them are actually thinking of superior solutions to problems, seeing errors in conventional wisdoms, etc.  However, they have no access to large scale communication channels.  They are effectively silenced by the exclusion that results from their intelligence.  Leonardo changes that.  Leonardo gives them voice and gives them audience.  In essence, the 150 IQ Leonardo Blogger convinces his or her 130 IQ readers who influence the rank and file 110 IQ voter. 

Leonardo works as a vehicle for building mid six figure part time careers for polymaths and it begins to do so when our Network reaches 100 to 150.  But, when it reaches 1,000+ it will begin to behave like a hybrid super intelligence and thwart the partisans and demagogues.  That means that, if you are appropriate for Leonardo, you will gain benefits both personally and of a more altruistic nature.

Do the Numbers Work Out?
Time and again in my life I have encountered income producing ideas that look good, but, when you run the numbers, they don't work out.  Commonly, the rosy picture requires the market to be far larger than it actually is.  That is not the case here.  Let's look at the mature scale of 1,000 Leonardo Bloggers.  In order to hit the numbers, they must have, in total 5,000 X 1,000 = 5,000,000 subscribers.  A population with a Gaussian distribution centered around 130 D15IQ in Western civilization alone is about 60,000,000.  Also, it would be an incorrect assumption that none of those 5,000,000 represent people who have subscribed to several blogs. 

To hit the income expectations of $665K X 1,000 = $665 million, there would need to be $665,000,000/(8X12)X1,000 = 6.9 billion page views per month or 6.9 million page views per blog.  By comparison, Yahoo, in February of 2011 averaged well over 20 million page views per blogger.  So, while very large, by today's standards Leonardo is not unprecedented.

The Monetization Problem
When you advertise with Facebook, you are lucky if you get less than $10 CPM.  In fact, in 2017, it averaged $11.71CPM.  While Google charges on a per click basis, most of their ad rates work out to well in excess of $10 CPM.  However, if you can get $1CPM from any of the standard blogger ad sources you are doing well.  This is a major contributor to the poor income for bloggers.

It is not a universal problem.  Dick Morris, who has a subscription list of 460,000 charges $10 CPM.  HuffPost DE charges 10E to 90E CPM per ad.   Native advertising, which is now very popular, typically runs $10 to $16 CPM, but some very high value formats can cost as much as $250 CPM.  Its easy to see that independent bloggers are getting the short end of the stick, primarily because they have little to no negotiating power.  Matters are different when 1,000 blogs are aggregated, however.

As part of PEN, we will start Ad Agency projects that will maximize the value of Leonardo Blogs through matching article content with product or service.  This will likely bring CPMs as high as $20.  However, for the sake of conservatism, we assume that the Ad Agency will place the ad at $10 CPM, take a 20% commission and remit $8 CPM to the blogger.

Why a Charge for PEN Membership?
I find that a lot of people think these kinds of things should be free.  Well, that is not how it works.  This only works if some people work very hard to make it work. The $300 lifetime membership is only enough to pay for the cost of recruitment.  The LinkedIn Professional Membership is about $720 per year and will  likely be comparable to the Institute's membership cost.  That is what must be charged to actually make a profit.

You actually can do it for free.  You simply build up your warm market, do a Kickstarter campaign, then then use that to get set up.  $1,000 should do it.  Then when there are 4.2 million subscribers to The Polymath, do another reward crowd funding and not only will you get more money to acquire subscribers, you will directly get subscribers from the Kickstarter campaign itself.  Crowdfunding, patreon style fundraising and style fundraising will all be provided by The Polymath at no cost to Founding Members.  Of course, these campaigns will slow down your participation, but the extra funding will allow you to acquire subscribers faster, too.

Don't Dawdle
I have had the experience of everyone standing around waiting for other people to go first.  Of course, if nobody is willing to go, then it never happens.  So, we are providing incentives.  Right now, new PEN Members will get a lifetime Membership for the first year membership fee.  Also, remember, LinkedIn is charging $720 per year for a similar membership.  Consequently, there is a financial benefit for joining immediately.

Right now we have 20 Founding Members with 130 left to acquire.  However, signups appear to be accelerating.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Writers & Reviewers

In 2018 I will finally have my finely crafted life.  Why don't you come along with me and get yours at the same time?

For more than a few PEN members, writing some books is an important component of their finely crafted life.  That's convenient because Polymathicans read them - a lot of them. Ultimately we will have about 6 million Polymathicans and they read about 20 books per year.  That means that at an average of 100,000 copies sold, Polymathicans can support 1,200 authors.  With an average e-book price of $10 and a 70% royalty, the average income will be $700,000.

However, Pareto applies.  80% will be like me, not full time writers, but having a few books in them.  Of the 240 who primarily write books to monetize their finely crafted lives, they will generally earn $500,000 to $10,000,000 per year.
You can self publish to Amazon.  They will take 30% and they will only do very incidental promotion.  The PEN system also takes 30% but it very aggressively promotes each title through about 100 Leonardo book reviewers.
Leonardo reviewers find 24 or so titles per year and publish reviews. All 100 reviewers have on their page a link to all past titles.  They receive 15% on all sales.  50,000×24×$1.50=$1.8 million.
There is one last small number of PEN members who will start one or more bookbinders for those who want a hardcopy of ebooks.  This is a substantial improvement over the old system.  Customers can choose size, color, paper quality, etc.
So, in total, around 300 PEN Members will be engaged in this productive activity as their primary monetizing strategy and perhaps another 2,000 will engage in it intermittently.
We can succeed, create our finely crafted life, if we work together.  We all need the same tools and foremost among them is this subscriber list to The Polymath.  They are our investors, patrons, research funders, readers, customers, audience, etc.  They fit our 1.2σ Simonton Gap.  As remediation for the Inappropriately Excluded, they are the first, and most important, step.
If tomorrow is to be better than today it is because you did something to make it so.  Become a Founding Member of The Polymathic Institute and become involved in PEN.

Monday, December 18, 2017

The Polymathic Institute in 500 Words

Between 60K and 120K people will join the Polymathic Institute (PI) and have their lives profoundly transformed for the better.  Members will have a mean D15IQ of 150 with a 7 point standard deviation.  They will be from the Inappropriately Excluded and while their intellectual ability is at the 99.97%'ile, neither their professional attainment nor their income is even remotely close to that.
We are going to fix that.  With our Plan for Development and just a little effort, you can go from zero to your wildest dreams in under two years.
First you will,
1) join CWoM and use some of the proceeds to join the Polymathic Institute or
2) hit your warm market for a reward crowdfunding and use some of the proceeds to join PI or
 3) pay the $300 membership fee.
Then hit your warm market to subscribe to The Polymath.
That's it.  You are now ready to build and monetize your finely crafted life.  But that is a different topic for a different day.  But, it's pretty damn cool.
In less than one year we will build The Polymath subscriber list to about 4 million.  These readers will come from the top 5% of the population in intellectual sophistication.  That perfectly matches the D. K. Simonton gap for PI  members, i.e., you.  They will become your investors, 'true fans', patrons, donors, grant funders, readers, customers, etc.  Whatever monetizing strategies you need to fund your finely crafted life, they will provide you with a sufficient resource and, according to Simonton, you will be persuasive.
Our Plan for Development is feasible and we have already successfully started it.  It works like this.
In The Pareto of Virality, we see that just 4% of meme recipients decide, with their behavior, if it goes viral.  So, pointed at them, we have a compensated word of mouth campaign (CWoM).  Our assumptions are that the average CWoM participant will create 140 subscribers and, of those, 3 will become CWoM participants.
This tells us that our new subscribers will be 3ⁿ×140 in each generation of CWoM participant.  The math works out that we exceed 4,000,000 subscribers in the 9th generation.  Based upon our current experience, a generation should average a month.  So, we are currently projected to reach the inflection point of our growth curve in under one year.

For members of the Inappropriately Excluded, this resource is sufficient for remediation.  We're smart.  We should all understand the dynamic.  And, we should understand that the only thing standing between us and the monetization of our finely crafted life is our own behavior.  So, you most certainly should get involved.

There, less than 500 promised.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Polymath Prepaid Ads. Bitcoin Level Returns?

Imagine you could go back and buy Bitcoin at $50 or that you had bought and held Microsoft's IPO.  Certainly it's too late for these now.  Bitcoin would need to go to $3,000,000 to get the same return now.  Microsoft is so huge it can't grow very much more than 5% or 10% per year.  Yes, your hindsight is 20/20.  But how good is your foresight?  Do you or will you make the right decision when and if you are presented with the next Bitcoin?  Or will you pass on it again?
The Polymath prepaid ad program is, perhaps, such an opportunity.  They are $50 each.  With our compensated word of mouth campaign we are shooting for 4,000,000 subscribers within 2 years.  If we are successful, your ad will likely be worth 12,000 USD.  $50 to $12,000 in two years is definitely Bitcoin territory.
We have one purchaser who is holding 16 ads.  He stands to turn his $800 investment into $192,000.  He understands its a risk.  In what world are 240X gains in two years not risky?  But he believes in the Polymath and, as an entrepreneur, he's a risk taker.
We are only selling 500 of these and right now (Dec. 18, 2017) 94 of them are gone.  Very soon they likely will all be gone.  So, their market value may actually increase faster than their current value as an ad.  Through The Polymath we will provide an exchange which will provide early liquidity.

Securities laws will not allow us to warrant this, but if you think about it, it very likely will be in our best interest to offer equity in The Polymath in exchange for the prepaid ads.  As ads are redeemed they will depress our cash flow and equity will not.  So, while we cannot warrant it, you may want to consider the possibility that prepaid ads may be a route to an equity position.
Lastly, you could use the ads at some point.  You may already have a reason to talk to four million of the most intellectually sophisticated people in the world.  Or at some point you may start or join a PEN enterprise and your ads are contributed capital, increasing your equity share.
Both Microsoft and Bitcoin are huge and hundreds of thousands of investors stood to reap huge capital gains.  While the percent gains could be comparable, the scale of prepaid ads is tiny by comparison.  We have sold 94 ads to 19 people for an average of about 5 each.  If that average holds, the remaining 406 ads will go to just 81 people.  In the end perhaps only 100 people may hold them all. 
We all take risks in life.  Casinos and State Lotteries make huge money pedalling minus sum games to people who are hoping that they will be the exception who wins.  It does, in fact, happen, though that isn't the way to bet. The stock market offers opportunities that in total experience reasonable gains.  Some stocks can realize enormous gains.  The stock price in one of the first companies I worked for increased 160X in the seven years I worked there.
The Polymath prepaid ad campaign offers the potential for similar gains and that should be part of the attraction.  However, like the fellow with 16 ads, we hope that the purchasers will also be motivated by a belief in The Polymath.  There should be a magazine without bias and not dumbed down in an effort to gain readers.
Below is a PayPal button to the ads purchase page.  You will receive an e-voucher attesting to your ownership.  Once all ads are sold out we will create a secondary market and publish the current bid and ask in The Polymath.
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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Polymathic Academies

In The Inappropriately Excluded we looked at the impact of traditional educational institutions on gifted children and their contribution to a lifetime of underachievement.  From the very beginning we have recognized the need to create better educational environments for our Polymathican kids.
While the need and interest has certainly been there, there has been no practical route to implementation.  Now with The Polymath, there is.
The first business model will likely be providing question first, autonomous learning modules for home schooled gifted children.  Over time as both the Polymathic Academies and the market matures, bricks and mortar Academies can be opened as well.
There are four conditions that must be met in order for the Polymathic Academies  to be successful.  They are:
1) Sufficient funds must be raised in order to create an inventory of modules sufficiently large to satisfy initial market requirements.
2) A sufficiently large team of module authors must be recruited and mobilized.
3) Cost effective marketing channels must be created
4) A qualified scientific team must be created that can demonstrate a) traditional educational environments are suboptimal for gifted children, and b) the Polymathic Academies are effective remediation.

In the past none of the four conditions could be satisfied.  However, a robust Leonardo and The Polymath changes that.
1) 4.2 million subscribers to the Polymath should easily meet the $1,070,000 limit on CF Crowdfunding and this should be sufficient to field an initial set of modules.
2) At this time PEN should have about 60,000 members which should be sufficient to recruit enough module authors.
3) The Polymath, Leonardo and Polymathic a, when its built will create marvelous adverting media.
4) Scientific study of the efficacy of the Polymathic Academies can be funded, staffed, executed and reported with PEN, The Polymathic Institute, The Polymath, Leonardo and Polymathica.
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Self Paced and Autonomous Learning
Most children need to be taught.  However, gifted children, actually 125 IQ and above, do not.  In Garth Zietsman's words, 'This category and all those above them don't require assistance to learn. They can find the information and master the methods themselves.'  Actually, our experience is that above an IQ of about 140, children prefer autonomous learning.  It is a basic assumption of The Polymathic Academies. 

An advantage of this approach is that learning is also self paced.  This is important since Marica Gross found that children with IQs over 160 must be radically accelerated or their life prognosis is very poor.  She actually found that gifted children learn faster than the implied rate from their ratio IQ.  A deviation IQ of 160 is a ratio IQ of 178.

So, if a child begins formal education at 5 and has a ratio IQ of 178, one would expect him or her to graduate from high school at 12/1.78+5=11.74 years.  Gross found that they actually learn faster than that and that the greater learning speed can be applied to broader knowledge.  This is our model, though, whatever the learning speed, the distinguishing factor is a facility in and proclivity toward self-paced autonomous learning.

Question First Learning
After the first few years of basic skills learning, similar to Kumon but updated for computer, drill or game options, children will begin a course of education based upon modules that ask a question and expect the child to answer the question through self-study.  A question might be, 'Why did the large dinosaurs go extinct 65 million years ago?'  The child will google, study, go to the library, watch videos.  The module will periodically prompt the child with subquestions, such as 'How often would we expect a asteroid or comet of the size that hit the Earth 65 million years ago to hit the Earth?'

As they work through the module, the students will come to understand the late Cretaceous fauna and flora, paleoclimatology, the asteroid theory, the behavior of ecosystems, etc. and then prepare a final report.  This will be reviewed by an educational specialist.  The purpose is to encourage the child to consider questions without specific reference to a subject.  This is what makes it The Polymath Academies.

Dovetailing with the Current Educational System
Nearly all jurisdictions require that home schooled children have local school district oversight which is usually minor if the jurisdiction requires annual testing.  If the child is appropriate for The Polymath Academies, they will usually advance well ahead of the state requirements.  Still, a general test should be given to the child well in advance of the state requirement to check for significant gaps in the child's knowledge.

This is a preliminary outline for the Polymathic Academies.  As the PEN workgroup forms, it will flesh out a much more detailed description of the educational and business plans.  Some aspects may change significantly.  However, for those who would like to contribute to gifted education, especially for polymathic children, the goal will stay the same.