The 7 principles davincianos

Since 1989, with Howard Gardner, we have learned many things about our intelligences. One of the most interesting things is that we thought that art lived in a specific part of our mind or brain. But now we know that we are all potentially artists.


Most of the others are able to recognize the art or participate in artistic phenomena (listen to a piece of music, humming a tune, contemplating a work of art...). We learn to appreciate the art while our culture values it; so we value what is valued by similarity or reference. And if we are exposed to an environment where we can participate in art, can even be pretty good in any discipline.

For a child or an adult is to succeed in the arts it is necessary that two conditions are met: 1. that in our mind there is a motivation to develop art and 2. There is a cultural or community supportive environment that sustains us.

The theory of multiple intelligences It speaks at length about the importance of education in the arts. We are all potentially artists, but the traditional school has hipervalorado intelligences logical-mathematical and verbal, although others stimulate the development of the spatial, musical, naturalistic, interpersonal, interpersonal, body and kinesthetic.

But none of the above is an artistic intelligence per are. Why? Art is a creation of mankind, which has been calling and perfecting the different artistic forms. Therefore, each of the intelligences can be worked in the artistic field. Spatial intelligence can for example be used for navigation, medicine or anatomy, or for painting, architecture, sculpture. We believe, for example, that the musical intelligence is something purely artistic, but if we reflect for a moment we can deduce that also sounds can be used to support earache, or the African to communicate tam-tam. None of this seems particularly artistic, in any way.

Imitate the geniuses

A genius is someone who stands out in particular for his abilities, gifts, works or do something that nobody has never achieved. Genius is completely linked in our society to the concept of intelligence, and way more normal to now measure it has been through the CI psychometric tests. But these tests have a high cultural bias: have been made for white men and Western Anglo-Saxon.

A child can show his genius using arts or not in any area of their intelligences depends a lot environment. In our country, for example, it is endowed and cares more for children with disabilities to "gifted" children. The society sometimes "pursues everything what they do not understand", and perhaps therefore perceived the genius as someone dangerous, rare, Anchorite, antisocial, incomprehensible.

As you said Eduardo Galeano: "This world has never been so unequal in the opportunities it provides and so equal customs imposed". Einstein, Virginia Woolf, Madame Curie, Michelangelo or Leonardo they were owners of more developed than the one of their peers minds... They were great minds. They questioned what they heard, saw, smelled, felt and said. They also watched, investigated, experimented, tasted, ponies and returning to try. Although these geniuses were not precisely people happy, good, happy, family, enthusiastic or imaginative.

Leonardo da Vinci developed seven principles so that every human being can come to have a great mind:

  1. Curiosity. See lifelong learning-minded, and not cease to seek learning. Become an acute observer.
  2. Test, investigate, persist. Leonardo failed many times and experienced the scorn of others, but did not cease in the pursuit of truth and beauty, was not made, overcome. So he came to consider the need of persisting in the experience to try the intuition of a theory.
  3. Sensations. All minds come from the transformation of perception in works; this refinement of the feelings is essential. Allow yourself to feel is the means to get to experience the experience.
  4. Failure to follow. Establish the possibility of doubt, uncertainty in everything, of the detachment. Leonardo will say: "the painter who feel, will not do anything".
  5. The marriage of art and Science: Study the science of art and the art of science, whole brain thinking.
  6. Organicity. Anything that you do take care of passing it by the body. Leonardo takes the model of human perfection of the body to the mind.
  7. Connection and interconnection. Leonardo acknowledged that innovation had to find other ways to connect the phenomena or facts. This organic thought was the mental landscape of Leonardo, saw in all parts. I could understand that a picture is transformed into a machine or vice versa.

The life of Leonardo - or of other geniuses - may serve Guide to find who we are. To inspire us by prodigious minds of mankind, we came to drink in their minds and feel the fire of his passion in our body.

We are gifted with a infinite artistic potential and with an unlimited capacity to connect with multiple skills. If we know more of the intelligence has been discovered only 20 years ago, we can allow us to represent us in other ways?

One of the strongest topics that we have had to overcome is to believe that with age our body and brain worsened. But now we know that mind improves with age, mirror neurons are still working and well trained can get to conduct increasingly complex connections and connections. Our neuronal legacy is so big that even just reading the life of the great geniuses we can increase our daily neuronal heritage.

If we learn how by empathy, if our "asana" is a mental form of handle through the fundamental imitation of other humans, it is logical to say that looking for good role models who inspire us and guide us we will have many more possibilities of increase our potential.

Leonardo He was always to the essentials, delved into the beauty and tried not to lose its authenticity. Perhaps you can be inspired in a change to use other intelligences.

By Koncha pines-Pey


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By • Apr 30, 2013 • section: General