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The Seven Principles



In the bestseller “How To Think Like Leonardo: Seven Steps to Genius,” internationally-renowned author and consultant Michael J. Gelb determined the seven character traits that made Leonardo da Vinci one of the most influential geniuses in history. Upon assuming its current incarnation in 2003, the Da Vinci Science Center adopted these seven principles as guides for pursuing knowledge through hands-on inquiry.

Curiosità

An insatiably curious approach to life and an unrelenting quest for continuous learning. Leonardo’s notebooks demonstrate his curiosità. Journaling in the 21st century is promoted by the Center for Journal Therapy.

Dimostrazione

A commitment to test knowledge through, experience, persistence, and a willingness to learn from mistakes. One famous mistake from Leonardo’s life was his helicopter.

Sensazione

The continual refinement of the senses, especially sight, as the means to enliven experience. The book Drawing on Right Side of the Brain can help a person develop his or her sensazione.

Sfumato

Literally meaning “Going up in Smoke”; A willingness to embrace ambiguity, paradox, and uncertainty. Ambiguity and uncertainty are hallmarks of Leonardo’s legendary painting of the Mona Lisa. The concept of polarity managment is considered a modern-day application of sfumato.

Arte/Scienza

The development of the balance between science and art, logic and imagination; also known as “whole-brain” thinking. Research in mind mapping, including the Split Brain Experiments, have helped humanity increase its knowledge of the human brain.

Corporalita

The cultivation of grace, ambidexterity, fitness, and poise. Leonardo’s sublime work of the Vitruvian Man captures the concept of corporalita. One modern-day application of corporalita is known as the Alexander Technique.

Connessione

A recognition of and appreciation for the interconnectedness of all things and phenomena; also known as systems thinking. The concepts of connessione also are applied in what is with a framework known as organizational learning.


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