Home for lost geniuses


On April 4th, at 10 AM, I and @ananotes entered Dokk1 Library in Aarhus, Denmark. The reason? We recorded episode 15 of the experimentQ podcast, featuring Thomas Heide - philosopher and one of the key minds behind Kaospilot's original concept.

I don't know how exactly and why, but my intuition says that meeting was a life-changing milestone on my learning path. In that meeting, I first heard the expression "a home for lost geniuses" - open spaces where people can explore all forms of self. 

Thomas says everything that we ignore or avoid to explore in our upbringing are lost parts of a complete self. I will try to make the point, by using Howard Gardener's theory of multiple intelligences:

  • Naturalist (nature smart)
  • Musical (sound smart)
  • Logical-mathematical (number/reasoning smart)
  • Existential (life smart)
  • Interpersonal (people smart)
  • Kinesthetics (body smart)
  • Linguistic (word smart)
  • Intra-personal (self-smart)
  • Spatial (picture smart)

How confident do we feel placing ourselves on a 0-to-10 scale for every type of intelligence? The point is not to gain maximum possible for each intelligence but rather explore freely our potential and form a complete image of self. Getting out of that interview I felt like we have way too many people who wander the world as lost geniuses without self-awareness of what is possible, at times myself included. Below is the interview and you can find the show notes here.

Yesterday, I recalled the interview with Thomas.  In a meeting with Ion Grosu, I told the story of when I was given "the stage" to improvise a dance and I freaked out, during a podcast interview in Faro, Portugal. Asked by Ion where did the fear come from, I realised my brain did not contain the archetype of "Tudor the dancer", I never explored or built one. At the same time, thanks to media, I uploaded in my mind the image of how a "good" dancer might move like and I simply could not picture myself moving like that, hence I froze in the moment. 

We need safe places where people can take themselves apart, play with their fears and potential, and put back all moving parts into complete humans, with a deeper understanding of self.