The purpose of this blog is to provide hope and food-for-thought to fellow lonely geniuses who have to make their way through our society, totally marginalized.

I have chosen to remain anonymous for the purposes of this blog, insofar as that is possible on the internet. For an overview of my reasons, read my first post The Plight of the Lonely Genius.

7 Responses to “About”

  1. Michael Adams Says:

    Ken – I stumbled across your blog this afternoon, and I look forward to catching up with your posts in the coming days. I did take a quick skim through some of your entries, and it’s refreshing to see that “I’m not alone.” Thank you very much for posting your observations and insights!

  2. I came across this site while googling on “professions for polymaths” (or something similar). while there are many people who appear to resonate with your plight (including me) there is a pervading sentiment here that we are somehow different than the rest of the world. I’d like to suggest that the awakening to curiosity about the brilliant intelligence and beauty can happen anytime. I was pretty much in lock-down until my late 30s, thinking my brain was the only sane instrument for making sense of the world. I arrived at my view that logic reigned supreme while winding my way through several college majors (art, architecture, and finally electrical engineering which i got my Bachelors in). I was one of those people you are all so frustrated with. I felt like I knew everything I needed to know about the world and had no curiosity about anything. I probably wouldn’t be described as a sheep but neither was a genius. It was certainly a lonely place regardless of what it looked like from the outside as I believe is the case for most of the people we encounter who glaze over at the deep and really meaty topics we so love to discuss.

    So my question is, what if the distinction is not between the “smart” and “not smart”, but instead between the asleep and the awakened. I for one am happy to have woken up to a passionate curiosity to learn (currently neuroscience, biology, & philosophy). It has connected me to the world and more of the people in it.

    Though I tend to avoid declarations, I believe it is mistake to think we are static in this (or any) way. What if discovering one’s polymathy *is* the process of self-actualizing, of searching for meaning, and quite simply, thriving.

  3. Mr. Roach Says:

    Most lonely geniuses are not marginalized but find good social outlets and friends in their Ivy League alumni organizations.

  4. Ken Says:

    Call me skeptical Mr. Roach. Do you have any data that backs up your statement? By any meaningful definition of genius, there are fewer than 10,000 living in the US, of all ages. You’re saying they are concentrated in Ivy League Alumni associations?

    I have no doubt that many bright and talented people go through the Ivy Leagues. They are not mostly comprised of geniuses though.

  5. Mr. Roach Says:

    I guess you didn’t go to such a school. If you did, the point would be obvious. Have you read the Bell Curve? It made a good point of the relative efficiency of IQ sorting by institution these days. Something like 50 or 60% of people with SAT scores above 1400 (back before ’95 recentering) went to a dozen or so schools on the US News list, most of which are Ivies. This is like the 99.8 percentile or so of the SAT. The difference of Ivies or other top national universities is that 50-60% of your classmates have 140-150 IQs versus .1% or whatever it is in every day life.

    I was a national merit scholar and double University of Chicago. My smartest friends are from college and law school there. I think if you went to such a school at some point you’d not feel so isolated. I recommend going to grad school to a top school (or college depending on your age) if you’re indeed as bright as you say.

  6. Jason Says:

    Upon Skimming these posts I keep seeing repeated a response towards the author that he must have missed out on interchange with like minds at “higher colleges”, associations, etc. I think or more perhaps I know that this is coming from ones in the median ranges of intelligence. They do not realize or perhaps will not admit that it maybe themselves that are not getting it. If what Ken is saying about himself is true then he is coming from a POV of being a Genius and not a genius. There is a great distance between 145 and 190. I see things in his writing that indicate that he is in the range he claims. From the POV of people in the 180’s and 190’s the vast majority of the people at the Ivy colleges are dullards. In psychology terms about 5 points of differential is all it takes for a noticed fall in the quality of interchange between two minds. If you exist in these ranges you are one in millions and/or 10s of millions depending how far along the curve. I myself am in the range where statistically only 2-3 people in my whole state are on my level and I live in one of the big states. As a young eccentric male my plight is quite hopeless. Because you see it’s just not only IQ but it is also personality, enlightenment, age, and sex that are factors that go into a meaningful relationship of equality which we all strive and hunger for. The latter two preponderantly in regard to an intimate relationship, of which the author has found success in. In my state let us say there are 3 people, and me being one of them that leaves 2 statistically. Now what are the chances that one of these two is around 30 years old and fits personality wise and there is an attraction… And so the compromise starts as the ideals have to be given up as practicality requires a larger pool of prospective mates/friends to find compatibilities. I have not so far in my life met anyone of near equal mind there is always a line that can be spoke to and not beyond with others. I can only dream and hope that I will meet a person to share a bit of life with where there is no need for chamileonary and there is just the open air.

    • e Says:

      Do you genuinely believe someone is out there for you?
      Hold on to it if so.

      In the rare instances when I manage / silence my mind and find a moment of calm, I listen, yet only to disappointingly ‘feel’ silence back.

      The line, I find, in general, is so far distanced that I simply don’t think another exists, and yet sadly it is only the fabrication of something, some longed for soul, that keeps me going on a day to day basis. The hope that one day I may just find a glimmer of someone a bit like me, to whom I no longer need to mimic, or explain, or hide from, and can simply laugh with, about this all.

      It seems mad that we haven’t yet engineered someway of ‘locating’ our matches yet. Or maybe we need to listen to our intuition more?

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