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.

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, 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.
PEN members who are interested in participating in the Polymathic Academies Work Group will be given the opportunity in the regular PEN communications.  For non-PEN members who want to join for the sake of joining the Polymathic Academies Work Group, join PEN by clicking below.  Because we do not yet have 150 members, your membership fee will be for a lifetime membership.
When you join The Polymathic Institute, you also are a member of Polymathica Enterprise Network.  This sign up is a one time payment for a lifetime membership.

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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.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Polymathica Book Club Workgroup

Polymathicans are voracious readers, often reading more than fifty books per year. Furthermore, because of their high degree of intellectual sophistication, their book selection is well outside of the mainstream.  Many appropriate titles are resident on Amazon, but they are buried too deep to find easily and the 'reader reviews' often cannot be trusted.  Consequently, a Polymathica Book Club is one of the earliest opportunities for members of the Polymathic Institute's Enterprise Network (PIEN).
Strictly speaking, the bookclub is actually a network of book review newsletters, cross linked through exchanged banner ads.  Subscribers to a newsletter can download the book with a single click, and they can choose to store it in their 'cloud library' provided by the book club.    The author will receive 75% (5% more than through Amazon), the reviewer 15% and the 'book club' 10% for download, cloud storage and payment processing.
At first, book reviewers will scour the low volume titles on Amazon looking for titles that they feel comfortable recommending.  However, over time Institute Members, who write books, will submit their work directly to the book club.  Over time, reviewers will either build trust with their readers or not.  Some reviewers may attempt a personality based newsletter, covering several genres and relying upon their reputation for good taste, but most will choose a specialty, egs. Archeology, Hard Science Fiction etc.  
Reviewers with large mailing lists may earn substantial income while expressing a portion of their specific interpretation of a finely crafted life.  Suppose a reviewer explores titles, reading one per week and reviewing one per month.  If the title costs $10 and is purchased by 5% of their 500,000 subscribers, they will earn 37,500USD per month from a fraction of their time, doing something that, for the most part, they want to do anyway.  This can provide a base income while the Institute Member pursues other activities, such as Microstates or Polymathica TV, that will  likely take a longer time to create income.
If we assume that, at maturity, 6,000,000 Polymathicans buy 6 titles per year at an average price of $10, total reviewer income will be 3,000,000 × 1.50USD=4,500,000USD per month.  That will support 120 reviewers at the aforementioned 37,500USD per month income.  Because this represents an opportunity with high income, few hours, and fast maturation, the slots will likely fill up quickly.
There also needs to be a central project team that will provide shared services to the reviewers.  This is the book club, itself. It will build traffic, process payments, download titles, and provide cloud storage.  It will retain 10% of the purchase price of which profit will be about 4%. At market maturity, this is 6,000,000 × 6 × 10USD × 10% = 36,000,000USD revenue and 14,400,000USD.  At 18X PE, this is a market cap of about 260 million USD.  If an initial 1,000,000USD equity crowdfunding is given 20% of the equity, this constitutes a 52X capital appreciation.  At 100% per year ROI, market maturity needs to be reached in a little under 5 years.  With the Enterprise Network model, this is a reasonable goal.  
The central project team can be successfully undertaken with 5 members, with an average equity stake of 16%.  This translates to an annual income of 2.4 million USD and will likely require 80% of their productive energies.  They will be nearly full time, while reviewers and authors will be only dedicating a portion of their productive energies to this activity.
At market maturity there will be 36,000,000 unit sales.  And 120 reviewers will review about 1,440 titles for 25,000 unit sales and author income of 187,500USD.  Actually, for both reviewers and authors something like a Pareto function will apply.  This means that about 24 reviewers and 288 authors will have high six figure (USD) or even low seven figure income.  For these members, the book club will be their primary income source, while, for the remainder, it will be a source of supplemental income.
The Polymathica Book Club will be one of the first workgroups to generate significant revenue and participants should start searching for titles immediately.  From the very beginning, the Book Club Project Team should form and start creating a business plan for presentation to crowd funders.  The initial crowdfunding will be for about 20,000USD and will be a rewards funding.  That will be followed in about six months with a 1,000,000USD equity funding, probably reported in the U.S. with a Regulation D, Rule 504 exemption and similar exemptions where available.  It is probably the case that this project team will be created from Founding Members and will not be available for those who come after.
Members interested in publishing a book review newsletter should start searching Amazon and other e-book sellers for appropriate titles.  They also should interact with other Work Group Members to start building a list of potential banner exchange newsletters.  While the Book Club will create a lot of traffic, the reviewers can start adding subscribers as well.  While this will not be very significant, when it is multiplied by 120 reviewers doing the same thing and then exchanging banners, it can be a good initial source of revenue.
Aspiring authors may choose to join the workgroup as well which will give them an opportunity to start building relationships with reviewers.
Lastly, there are download sources of free, out of copyright books, the largest of which is Project Gutenberg.  Some workgroup members may choose to create collections that can be downloaded all at once, for a fee.  This is a good future opportunity because over time nearly all Polymathicans will want such a library resident on the cloud storage that will be available through the Book Club.  It may be marketed through the Book Club or through The Polymath or Polymathica.  Most likely the success will come from collections that follow a particular theme, egs. Victorian Novels, Enlightenment Philosophers, etc.
If you want to become involved in this Work Group, you may do so by becoming a Founding Member of the Polymathic Institute.  As a Founding Member, your first year membership will grant you lifetime membership.  You will be able to join two other work groups.  All you need to do is use the form the left column.  Be sure to include the e-mail address that you want to use for Institute Membership communications.  Once your payment has cleared, we will contact you, via your provided e-mail to find out which Work Groups you wish to join.
We look forward to your participation. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Polymathica Organic Growth

We are moving from a Facebook group to a community at (will become and a pdf weekly magazine The Polymath.  I have discovered from several years of experience that when people in the upper 5% of the population in intellectual sophistication are invited to join us, about 7% do.  That means that simply by inviting them all, we will have 1.2  billion X 5% X 7% = 4.2 million Polymathicans.

We can accomplish this and, because of 'six degrees of separation' and the tendency of Polymathicans to engage in 'birds of a feather' behavior, grow organically.  In fact, if we average 2 new Polymathicans from each new Polymathican with an average turnover of one month, beginning with our current list of 800 or so, we can get there in under one year.

Month          New Polymathicans      Total Polymathicans
Zero                              800                                       800
One                            1,600                                    2,400
Two                            3,200                                   5,600
Three                        6,400                                 12,000
Four                        12,800                                 24,800
Five                          25,600                                50,400
Six                            51,200                                101,600
Seven                    102,400                               204,000
Eight                     204,600                               408,600
Nine                      409,200                                817,800
Ten                        818,400                            1,636,200
Eleven              1,636,800                             3,273,000
Twelve                                                              4,200,000+

Of course, any strategy based upon every new Polymathican bringing in two new Polymathicans is unrealistic.  
Pareto applies.  That means that of the 20 new Polymathicans that 10 new polymathicans bring in, 16 will be brought in by 2 Polymathicans and the remaining 8 new Polymathicans will bring in a total of just 4.  In other words, 4 Polymathicans will bring in no new Polymathicans and 4 will bring in 1 Polymathican.  That means that of the 4,200,000 Polymathicans, 2,520,000 will bring in no new Polymathicans and 840,000 will bring in 1 Polymathican each and the remaining 840,000 will bring in an average of 4 each.

However, the 840,000 Polymathicans who bring in 3,360,000 Polymathicans will also distribute according to Pareto.  So, 840,000X80%=672,000 will bring in 3,360,000X20%=672,000 for an average of 1 Polymathican.  The remaining 840,000X20%=168,000 will bring in 3,360,000X80%=2,268,000 for an average of 16 Polymathicans.

So, our success in building Polymathica quickly will be the result of motivating and deploying this 4% who are more than passively interested in Polymathica.  However, even here, Pareto applies.  Of the 2,268,000 Polymathicans that they bring in, 2,268,000X20%=453,600 will be brought in by 168,000X80%=134,400 for an average of 3.4 Polymathicans.  The remaining 2,268,000X80%=1,814,400 will be brought in by 168,000X20%=33,600 for an average of 54 Polymathicans.

So, to summarize
2,520,000 Polymathicans will bring in no Polymathicans
1,512,000 Polymathicans will bring in 1 Polymathican each
   134,400 Polymathicans will bring in 3.4 Polymathicans on average
     33,600 Polymathicans will bring in 54 Polymathicans on average.

So, success is primarily based upon the commitment and follow through of just 0.8% of the Polymathicans and these will be Members of the Polymathic Institute and its Enterprise Network.  They will be growing Polymathica for professional reasons and will benefit in career and income from their efforts.

We will have professional group administrators to our Polymathica groups.  I have stated that they need to bring in 720 Polymathicans over two years. However, as we see from the above, they will actually bring in, on average, about 54 Polymathicans and then will encourage those they bring in to bring in more Polymathicans.  This is part of what makes the organic growth strategy work.

It is surprising how much encouragement Members need in order to invite others to become Polymathicans.  Often, the request is something that Polymathicans are willing to do, but not at the time that they read the request. Later, they get busy and forget.  So, repeated reminders are not an annoyance, but actually may be precisely what they want.

Polymathicans generally fall outside of the mainstream in attitudes, abilities and interests.  Consequently, we are often among the inappropriately excluded. Even when we manage to overcome the problems of a polymathic personality type and forge a successful career, we still often feel a bit like society isn't really constructed for us.  So, Polymathica and The Polymathic Institute are more than just a social outlet.  When we complete it, it can be a major tool in providing polymathic lifestyle options.  Polymathicans can be your readers, your customers, your investors, your collaborators, your strategic partners and your friends.

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Friday, February 26, 2016

Growing Polymathica

I originally planned on growing The Polymathic Institute, Polymathica and The Polymath using Facebook's page boosts.  I did because Polymathicans exhibit 'birds of a feather' behavior.  In other words their Facebook friends are far more likely to be appropriate for Polymathica than the general population.  The boost program puts the page post on a fan's timeline in the way a share would do.

While it works well, Facebook got greedy and wants far too much for it.  So, I needed to find a different route to succcess.  I believe that I have done that.  While paid word of mouth is straightforward, there is no reason we can't use incentivized word of mouth and that is what we are going to do.

If our Polymathicans, on average, bring in two new Polymathicans in the first two weeks, we will reach our market saturation of six million within one year! For the uninitiated, that doesn't sound too hard.  However, it is very, very hard. It is not undoable, though.

The secret to this is understanding Pareto Distributions (80-20 rule).  The way the numbers work out, 40% of Polymathicans will recruit zero Polymathicans, 40% will recruit one Polymathican, 16% will recruit two Polymathicans, 3.2% will recruit, on average, eight Polymathicans and 0.8% will recruit, on average, 128 Polymathicans.

This will work because we will recruit a couple hundred Polymathicans to create groups and they will promote these groups.  When they bring their contacts into the group, they are also bringing them into Polymathica.  As members of Polymathica, they will receive The Polymath, the website's general newsletter that will grow into a full scale weekly pdf magazine.  In that periodical, I will promote the idea of Polymathica and encourage that they share links on their social media, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Linkedin, etc.

I started promoting on facebook and within about two weeks, I had 50 members.  Since then I have been adding three or four per week, mostly through my blog.  My point is that the 128 required is not difficult for group owners with a little effort.  The 3.2% who are advocates, but not group owners, who need to get eight members can usually do this simply by sharing the links they receive from the groups to which they belong.

I will write in a separate post about being a Group Admin.