Jan. 4th, 2019

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 Here's an article about the non-STEM gifted kids.

That was me, by the way.  I do like science, but I suck at math.  My off-the-charts (I mean that literally, I broke the Pimsleur) gift is linguistic.  I'm also high on existential intelligence, which started upsetting people when I was a toddler.  And naturalistic intelligence -- hence my scientific interests in plants, animals, outer space, etc.  

The vast majority of what people recognize as "gifted" falls into ONE intelligence, logical-mathematical, with a little spillover into visual-spatial for people who like to build stuff.

Folks can appreciate things like music or dance, but rarely think of the top performers as "gifted."  They're perfectly happy to take advantage of the kinesthetic genius who plays a popular sport, because that's of use and interest to the public.  If what you have is fine manual dexterity, they won't give a flying fuck.  Interpersonal experts who are leaders are praised; those who are brilliant followers are treated like kleenex.  And existential or intrapersonal genius just gets you in trouble.  Nowadays they'll probably just beat you to death.  I had a hard enough time when I was little and there was a lot more breathing room then.

So look at the field.  There are (at least) 9 types of intelligence.  Only one is widely recognized and supported, with fragments of others. That means between 7/9 and 8/9 gets ignored or actively attacked.  But there are gifted people in ALL of those areas.

If you know a gifted child, or for that matter adult, support them in their area of expertise.  And it's only going to be the obvious one about 1/9 of the time.
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Day 4

Comment to someone you haven't ever interacted with before or introduce yourself to someone you've interacted with and friend/follow them. Afterwards, leave a comment in this post with the equivalent of "I did it!"


I have been going through the posts from Day 1, commenting and adding people who seemed like a good match for me.  This is not actually as good an idea as it seemed.  There are really very few people who enjoy my company.  I don't mind if people ignore me.  But this year I've gotten several rather aggressive replies indicating how much people hate my normal way of interacting.  It's a reminder that I'm better off watching for a considerable time to see if there's enough  common ground to attempt interacting on, and a real stylistic similarity, rather than just one or two mutual interests.  Most people want nothing to do with me and are not shy about saying so.

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