Saturday, January 21, 2023
a polymathic, protean sensibility
Yesterday, I immersed myself again (after 30 years) in Howard Gardner’s Creating Minds. I’m amazed by  how influential (how implicit) his understanding of creativity has been for advancing my own conception
 beyond his, thanks to other influences and my own work.
Actually, many of his books’ foci have been integral to the kind of practical sensibility which I generally prospect, i.e., conceptually model, relative to others’ work, my own offline, and my improvisations shared.
I had a fascinating discussion with him via several emails last month. His work complements philosophical interests more than he realizes, as educational psychologist—and intellectual historian of leading creativity, theorist of intel-
ligence, student of leading minds, explorer of flourishing life, and autobiographer. Altogether, he exemplifies the polymathic, protean venturer which I abstractly idealize, though I made no mention of my own online excursions.
These days, I’m engaged in a long path of reading—books and essays long intended for first reading, some past ones to be read again—for testing my progress of the past few years. I can’t believe that there aren’t other views which
I should appreciate, such that my own will be significantly improved or corrected.
But most reading so far (last autumn through now) has been disappointing. So,
I don’t mention that. Gardner is a great exception.
I want my more-formal venture (upcoming this year?) to be relative to a specific group of voices which exemplify (and further understanding of) the polymathic, protean sensibility I’m prospecting.