Welcome to Polymathic Being!

Exploring Counterintuitive insights from technology, innovation, philosophy, psychology, and more.

What is a Polymath?

A Polymath (Greek: polymathēs)is an individual whose knowledge spans a substantial number of subjects, known to draw on complex bodies of knowledge to solve specific problems.

Fundamentally, I view this as an aspirational goal to reconceptualize the world around us and to draw from a broad array of fields to solve complex problems. Polymathic Being looks for interesting insights to weave into something useful for everyone.

We embrace our White Belts here and explore across domains and disciplines to discover humanity’s superpower. The main goal is to learn who we are as humans and how that knowledge, combined with practical discussions of complex topics, allows us to unlock the most innovation from the world around us.

What to Expect

  1. Sunday: We’ll stretch our brains and explore new and interesting topics. You don't have to be an expert to enjoy these essays and we’re here to Learn, Unlearn, and Relearn together.

  2. Wednesday: I like to use it to share great essays from other authors or pull an older essay of mine from back in the archives and dust it off. It’ll be another, but lighter brain stretch.

Meet the Author:

Hi, I’m Michael Woudenberg. I’m from Tucson Arizona with a background in advanced technologies such as autonomy, artificial intelligence, blockchain, cyber, aerospace, national security, and weapon systems across a variety of companies from tech startups to Fortune 150 companies.

I’m an active non-fiction author and have been published in magazines and peer-reviewed journals. I recently ventured into the world of Science Fiction with my first novel exploring Advanced AI and what it means to be human.

Because everyone loves credentials, I have an M.S. in Systems Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. in Information Systems from Michigan Technological University. I served in the U.S. Army as an Airborne and Ranger qualified Field Artillery officer.

My hobbies included photography, mountain biking, brewing beer, camping, hiking, rock climbing, and most things outdoors. My family is always along for all these adventures making them so much more fun.

Why subscribe?

Subscribing means you never miss out on an essay. They’ll be delivered directly to your email the moment I publish. On a personal level, subscribing helps me build my reader base and, in turn, better tailor my authoring to both builds on common topics as well as know how to introduce new concepts to the aspiring Polymath.

My goal is to keep these essays free for everyone. Feel free to sign up so you can get these in your email each week. If you can afford to help, annual subscriptions are only $30 per year and that helps with the upkeep and effort in producing this content.

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I’m always interested in new topics, co-authors, and guest authors. If you’ve got a great idea you’d like me to explore, or you need help exploring, or you’ve already got something done, then let’s dig in and see how it integrates.

I’m really interested in building this into something bigger than myself and my own interests and would love to see it as a platform where I can learn as much as I share.

Feel free to e-mail me at michael.p.woudenberg@gmail.com with authoring ideas, pitches, etc.

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Counterintuitive insights from technology, innovation, philosophy, psychology, and more.


I'm an aspiring Polymath with a background delivering technologies from Autonomy, AIML, Crypto, and Web3 to Microbiology, Cyber, Directed Energy and more. I love tackling wicked problems, innovation, and mentoring others
Systems Engineer, United States Space Force. Distribution Supply Chain SME, Infrastructure SME, Systems Complexity SME, Continuity of Operations (COOP) SME, Devolution SME.
While he may have been more than half a millennium late to the Renaissance fair, Josh inadvertently grows his polymathic being daily, sharing his divergent passions and disparate skills with others through teaching, research, and problem solving.