Erudite Day

What kind of holiday is this?

Erudite Day, which falls on February 5, is celebrated all over the world. This day is dedicated to intellectually gifted people who have a large amount of knowledge and skillfully use it. It should be said that erudition is in no way connected with higher education. Not every person who received a higher education and even received a diploma with honors can be called a scholar.

A comprehensively intellectually developed person constantly improves himself, loves to read a variety of literature, has a broad outlook.

This is an unofficial holiday, it is not marked with a red mark in the calendar and is not known to the general public. However, every person with remarkable intellectual abilities should know about its existence. The purpose of the holiday is not only to identify the most erudite representatives of the human race, but also to encourage everyone to self-development.

How did the idea of ​​celebrating Erudite Day come about?

Unfortunately, nothing is known about the history of the origin of the holiday itself. However, the very word “erudition” is of Latin origin and means enlightenment. And an erudite is a comprehensively educated person with rich knowledge in various fields of science. In ancient times, scientists were called erudites who not only delved deeply into their field, but also drew conscious conclusions from what they had learned and got rid of their ignorance.

The best representatives of erudite people were the ancient Egyptians, Romans and Greeks. They thought deeply about the nature of the world, human characteristics, delved into various scientific studies, philosophy, art, etc. Most modern sciences have their roots in these ancient civilizations.

Outstanding scholars

The list of outstanding erudites of the past includes the great scientist and artist Leonardo da Vinci, the German thinker, poet and playwright Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the great political figure, one of the founders of the United States, Benjamin Franklin.

Unlike specialists in narrow fields, who develop only in one direction, erudites simultaneously study different areas of knowledge. Yes, Isaac Newton was not only an outstanding physicist and mathematician, he left his mark in history and as a great philosopher, as he constantly asked the question: “How is our world arranged?”.

IQ tests

In the early 1900s, various tests for determining the level of IQ began to appear. According to them, most representatives of homosappiens score 100 points, 2.5% of the population of our planet exceed the mark of 130 points, and only a select few (0.5%) have an intelligence level exceeding the mark of 140 points, they are considered geniuses.

228 points – this is exactly the level of intelligence demonstrated by Marilyn Vo Savan, who was 10 years old at the time of the test. It happened in 1956 in the United States of America. Today, Marilyn works as a journalist and does not stand out for any outstanding achievements.

Scientists claim that the level of intelligence is inherited. The probability of this fact is quite high and reaches 70%.

In recent years, the credibility of all kinds of IQ test results has declined dramatically. Scientists claim that they poorly characterize the level of intelligence.

How to become an erudite?

Despite the fact that erudition – a quality that is not acquired by a person from birth, a high intellectual level can still be achieved. The main characteristic of an erudite is the manifestation of interest in questions from various scientific fields. It is never too late to start studying a new, hitherto unknown science or learn another profession. A person who is constantly engaged in self-education is not at risk of Alzheimer’s disease, because his brain is constantly working, forming new neural connections.

Do not strive for perfection. To become erudite, it is not necessary to carefully study each question. In general, it is enough to know questions from various fields of science.

It is necessary to set concrete goals that are possible to achieve and make considerable efforts to achieve them. All outstanding erudites possessed considerable capacity for work. If you have a big goal in front of you, it should be divided into small, consistent goals.

How to celebrate Erudite Day?

A knowledgeable and intellectually developed person not only constantly engages in self-education, but also demonstrates his knowledge to others. That is why games and entertainment are extremely popular, which allow you to show your awareness, intelligence and savvy in various fields of knowledge.

On a quiet February evening, connoisseurs of intellectual competitions can gather in the appropriate company to complete an interesting quest or solve a couple of confusing riddles.

If you like to read, the library or bookstore is at your service, where you can find an interesting book that you haven’t read yet.

Competitions and quests allow you to determine the intellectual level and give a certain kick to further self-development.

Who celebrates Erudite Day?

In fact, there are no age restrictions here. Adults can arrange a holiday both for themselves and for their children. However, there is such a stereotype that erudition develops in those who acquire knowledge, that is, in schoolchildren and students. But it is not always possible to say that all of them are sufficiently erudite. Even the most conscientious students sometimes only memorize lectures and do not understand what they have read.

However, among those who study, there are those who have the appropriate intellectual abilities and wish to demonstrate them. It is for them that various events and thematic games such as “Brain-ring” or the famous game “What? Where? When?”.

After the end of the intellectual contests and competitions, the winners are awarded. By the way, the winners can be both the team as a whole and individual members of it.

Such activities develop the desire of young men and women to study, gain new knowledge, engage in self-education and self-development.

When will we celebrate Erudite day?

Year Date Weekday
2021 February 5 Friday
2022 February 5 Saturday
2023 February 5 Sunday
2024 February 5 Monday
2025 February 5 Thursday

Erudite Day


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