Incredible Lineage of the Konantovich Family

The family’s remarkable lineage is two-fold. It starts with the English Wedgwood, Huxley, Cowper dynasties which includes Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, Henry Cavendish, Lord Kelvin, James-Clerk Maxwell, Nicolas John Harley Pellowe, Francis Galton and a few eminent but not such that they are remembered names. From his mother’s side, we have a German-American Family that hailed from Detroit, making him a descendant of Walter Pitts a great but troubled genius, Schopenhauer, Beethoven and Carl Friedrich Gauss (“The Greatest Mathematician since antiquity”). The full list I do not have and am sure there are more especially in regards to statesmen, there are a few pirates and the like as well. His mother’s father had married into a Jewish family, Korzybski  with noted Spanish (Renaissance) roots that names among Nietzsche, many engineers, mathematicians and the like. This line links up to Child L who had a child with Child J (never married) from the Leta Stetter Hollingsworth study whose parents were a from another clan of distinguished intellectuals mainly bankers but most notably a Jewish engineer nicknamed “The Alien”. The Korzybski’s and the English Dynasties both believed in what they call “accumulative” breeding and have practiced this since the Norman Conquest based on their theory of genetic wealth and thus it’s accumulation upon counting their then wealth.

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Adam Konantovich, Mystery Man #2

My name is Patrick Martin Benoit (not real name). I am a private investigator in Geneva and Brussels and former journalist in Geneva.

Adam Konantovich (Pseudonym) also followed suit at the age of 23, by leveraging option strategies in the Balkan economies of transition making over 300% returns a year across almost half of Europe. Even by the age of thirteen, he had actualized his intellect. Showing signs of it being greater than Carl Friedrich Gauss himself, who is supposedly an ancestor so is Walter Pitts. A man who discovered every major mathematical results years and decades before his contemporaries and made a wealth of advances beyond that approximated to be a 150 years of mathematics (G.Waldo Dunnington | ET Bell), most of the equations in physics are also Gauss’s approximately more than 50%. He was the first to merge time and space in mathematical investigations and mathematics became very abstract after his presence. Adam had won an architectural competition to design Dublin’s new Opera house, beat Gary Kasparov and Bobby Fischer in an online tournament (1997), had over twenty-seven patents which made him $71.25 M which he invested in South Africa’s real estate housing boom from 1997 to 2002 that grew 195%.

He had a few paintings that were of permanent Boston Museum collection, built automated trading systems with Sharpe Ratios over 3.0 implemented with money management systems, risk modelling, and system redundancies that made him millions more from trading utilizing averages in Brownian Motion and quantum global numbers. He went to a Music Conservatory for a few years, then went to Ecole Normale Superieure where he scored the concours in every subject, being allowed to forfeit all undergraduate courses. He never did finish though he took up a triple major, he lamented that any traditional system would never be faster than autodidactism. He has inspired popular culture in many ways, Matt Damon’s Good Will Hunting (as he is related to Walter Pitts), Ted Chiang’s Understand, Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl. Many researchers have written about the philosophical implications of his work like John Maynard Smith.

The quotes by two different medical minds who studied him confirm this.

This is a book about six unusual children,” writes David Henry Feldman at the beginning of Nature’s Gambit. “How unusual?” one might ask. Consider, for example, the case of the pseudonymous Adam Konantovich. Within three months of his birth, Feldman reports, Adam was speaking in grammatically correct sentences (and in abstract puns “Mom, the ocean is waving at me.” in German). By the age of six months, he was carrying on “complex conversations,” and by the time he reached his first birthday, he was reading simple books and correcting his mother’s spelling. When Feldman first met him, Adam, who had by then attained the advanced age of three and one-half years, was reading, writing, and speaking several languages, studying mathematics (graduate-level), and composing for the guitar and the violin. Clearly, this child’s development was sufficiently atypical to warrant Feldman’s use of the term unusual. However, it is not Feldman’s intention merely to parade Adam and the five other prodigies whose study constitutes the bulk of this book in… (preview truncated at 150 words.)
Some of these children learn so fast, it seems that they are born knowing all there is to learn, and then they only need to be reminded of something to recall it to current status in their minds. They learn instantaneously, as soon as they hear of a topic (Dahlberg 1992).

They understand and think with extraordinary rapidity and delicacy, remembering everything. Any discussion of the nature of intellectual effort in any field is difficult, unless it presupposes an easy, routine familiarity with that field for the interlocutor or else he’s a Gulliver attending to a Lilliputian.

(Page 229) If they were the type of math student who reinvented math as they did each problem, they were usually correct. This latter type of student often did not use paper and pencil, but did most of the work mentally. Some of these exceptional math students were so adept at seeing to the core of a problem that they did not know the sequential steps taken by most other people. They just saw the answer instantaneously. This type of insight is a special strength for the creative mathematically gifted child. One special aspect of this mathematical insight was that they could guess answers with exceptional accuracy. However, on well-known problems, some made computation errors though they knew the procedure. This tended to be the result of attention problems or problems with working memory. For him it stemmed from boredom. His frightening ease with the substance behind mathematics, was like Newton’s who could hold any problem in his head in pure logic until it revealed its secret then dress it up as the supreme technician he was.

Feldman (1986) described the learning style of Adam as both nonlinear and omnivorous in his desire for knowledge. His style is further described as being “non-Western” and untraditional so that a regular school program did not work for him. Adam grasped concepts holistically and intuitively. Once he acquired the basic (“Theoretic”) framework, he filled in the particulars. His parents thought he first developed theory, then learned basic facts and skills. Later, he questioned basic assumptions about theory. Adam had a number of ongoing interests which he explored at increasing levels of complexity including symbol systems (cartography and languages), music, science and mathematics (Feldman, 1986).

He has since made the switch to trading commodities and currencies, when most people think of the drama of global finance, they think of stocks and bonds, venture capital, high-tech IPOs, and complex mortgage-backed securities. But commodities? Crude oil and soybeans? Copper and wheat? What could be more boring? That’s exactly what the elite commodity traders want you to think. They don’t seek the media spotlight. They don’t want to be as famous as Warren Buffett or Bill Gates. Their astonishing wealth was created in near-total obscurity, either in closely held private companies or deep within large banks and corporations, where commodity profits and losses weren’t broken out.

Now Kate Kelly, the bestselling author of Street Fighters, takes us inside this secretive inner circle that controls so many things we all depend on. She gets closer than any previous reporter to understanding these whip-smart, aggressive, and often egomaniacal men who bet millions every day on a blend of facts, analysis, and pure gut instinct. (Sam Vaknin drew influence from Adam for his analyses on narcissism perhaps).

More on the man’s intellect.

At the age of 6 months, when attending a puppet show for preschoolers at the Boston Museum of Science, Adam answered a rhetorical question about what whales eat as follows: “Krill, they’re small shrimp, but they’re not microscopic.”

He spoke with the sophistication and intellectual affect of any educated adult at the age of four.

It’s not hard to read Poole’s answers and get some sense of how his mind works. He’s funny. He’s a little subversive and libidinous. He has the flair for the dramatic. His mind leaps from violent imagery to sex to people jumping out of burning skyscrapers to very practical issues, such as how to get a duvet to stay on a bed. He gives us the impression that if we gave him another ten minutes, he’d come up with another twenty uses.*  Now, for the sake of comparison, consider the answers  of another student from Hudson’s sample. His name is Florence. Hudson tells us that Florence is a prodigy, with one of the highest IQs in his school.  (Poole was tested for a criminal investigation and had incentive to score lower: 116, 160 for school.)


(Brick). Building things, throwing.

(Blanket). Keeping warm, smothering fire, tying to trees and sleeping in (as a hammock), improvised stretcher.

Where is Florence’s imagination? He identified the most common and most functional uses for bricks and blankets and simply stopped. Florence’s IQ is higher than Poole’s. But that means little, since both students are above the threshold. What is more interesting is that Poole’s mind can leap from violent imagery to sex to people jumping out of buildings without missing a beat, and Florence’s mind can’t. Now which of these two students do you think is better suited to do the kind of brilliant, imaginative work that wins Nobel Prizes (and Fields Medals)?

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There’s something about the richness and multitude of his ideas, the astonishing eruditeness and exposition of his analyses that suggests there is something that can never quite be understood, he covered all the insignificant currents, said all that could be said on the topic to the nth degree and in all directions. His definitions have often been quoted in many books because of that about 3000 times.

The exceptionally gifted child grasps abstract material by finding the underlying pattern. Once that pattern is understood, the child knows the concept behind the material and further practice is unnecessary .In fact, the whole is comprehended so quickly and thoroughly, the child cannot break it down into component parts to show the steps used to build the concept. This process causes problems with many teachers. Dahlberg (1992) described Matthew, age 9, who mastered material so quickly that there never seemed anything to learn. Even in music, finding pieces difficult enough to challenge him and hold his interest was a problem.

There are several psychologists at the hospital studying me now. It’s interesting to see how they analyze my intelligence. One doctor perceives my skills in terms of components, such as acquisition, retention, performance, and transfer. Another looks at me from the angles of mathematical and logical reasoning, linguistic communication, and spatial visualization. I’m reminded of my college days when I watch these specialists, each with a pet theory, each contorting the evidence to fit. I’m even less convinced by them now than I was back then; they still have nothing to teach me. None of their categorizations are fruitful in analyzing my performance, since— there’s no point in denying it— I’m equally good at everything. I could be studying a new class of equation, or the grammar of a foreign language, or the operation of an engine; in each case, everything fits together, all the elements cooperate beautifully. In each case, I don’t have to consciously memorize rules, and then apply them mechanically. I just perceive how the system behaves as a whole, as an entity. Of course, I’m aware of all the details and individual steps, but they require so little concentration that they almost feel intuitive.

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When he was four, I was curious as to how he wished to direct his education I asked and he replied, “ I always feel that the closer you get to the original sources, the better off you are and that learning from the most general to the least is best, say philosophy and cognitive science before mathematics and physics. Then within said field, one need attain the greatest degree of professional competence so that the theoretical as well as the specifics, the developmental, historical, philosophical, the possible, the alternate and contemporary thoughts and contradictions of the sung and unsung heroes, the known and the scope as well as praxis of any field can be a part of one’s work. One need their mind sweep as hawk-like over the depths and breadths of a subject as one can, so as to cultivate a professional, intellectual playfulness maybe, even madness in the finest sense of the word, one needs an omnibus education in the most abstract domains of thought, the history of ideas, ancient and modern languages, philosophy, universal, ecclesiastical, and literary history, civil and canon law, mathematics, physics, and natural history, anatomy, poetry and oratory, the nature of reality, the ethics and truths of human life, the processes by which decisions and discoveries are collectively and individually made, the abstractions and theologies of humanity and it’s literatures, these things are most important to any intellectual realization of capacities,” he said. I asked him another question of if philosophy was useful as a discipline, “I see your point, you can never know the answers to some questions it raises but for me the usefulness is its discipline, it’s generality and inquisition, its scope and praxis, it’s way of thinking, it’s tradition of analysis”.

Feldman (1986) described a child, who from age 2 to 4, learned 11 different languages to find out whether there had been a parent language. (A long standing problem in linguistics that earned him a Harvard tenure offer) The ability to conceptualize at this level would be exceptional for any gifted child, but at such an early age is phenomenal. Indeed, the ability to find a problem to solve requires ability to conceive that there might be an underlying principle, an ability most gifted children do not achieve until adolescence.

Torsten conceived a passion for philology which lasted from about 22 months to age four, [studying Hebrew, classical Greek, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Yiddish, German, Egyptian Hieroglyphics and Sanskrit.] Shortly after he turned four, I had noted that he had shown little interest in the grammar exercises we had for him. Instead he was pursuing an intricate relationship with each of them that had stumped professors since Gauss… I told him that if he was no longer interested in languages that was all right but he said he was not interested in those languages anymore because he had figured out the answer to the question. Ever the straight man, his grandfather asked him “What question?” “Oh”, he said, looking at me with helpful attention. “I’ve figured out that there was a parent language for these languages (he listed the Indo-European ones) but not for these. It had 11 cases. I told him the scholars at Harvard called the parent language “Indo-European” and that I had been taught in college (Harvard) that it had ten cases. He said,” Scholars can be wrong. It had 11 cases!” He was right and a tenure track position was offered to someone Harvard thought was much older, a prodigy but a teenager.

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When Adam was 10 months old, we were sitting in a tent in a Norwegian campground waiting, as one often does in Norway, for the rain to stop. Adam turned to us and said after a long pause, ‘Please teach me logarithms. I understand the characteristic, but I don’t understand about the mantissa.” Well, fortunately for us, you can’t fall very far off the floor of a tent. When we recovered it took a few minutes one of us said, “We will, as soon as you learn arithmetic. Do you know what arithmetic is?” Adam, who was about two months away from reading, as far as we know, answered, “Yes addition, subtraction, multiplication, perfect squares, prime factorization, division, and the square root”. My husband is a natural scientist wherever his brilliance lies, he is competent but not brilliant at mathematics. Where or how Adam independently taught himself these mathematical concepts I have no idea.”

Profoundly gifted individuals have been known to do things like reinventing the steam engine at age six. Some of them can walk into a room and in an instant infer what kind of presentation is going to be given, and what kind of organization is going to give it. They have been known to make penetrating observations of connections between vastly different disciplines. Some have written a book in a week. Others remember everything they have read. Verbatim. Another still has invented a crude physics and using it to solve problems before she was old enough to talk (Anne). It’s entirely plausible for a profoundly gifted individual to think for a few hours about a philosophical school he’s just read about, and have a better grasp of the assumptions and implications surrounding that school than scholars who have studied the discipline for years. Many accomplishments are less extreme than that. Some are more extreme. I said that they might as well be magic powers because they are no more believable to many people than levitation or fairies granting wishes. Moderately gifted achievements are envied. Profoundly gifted achievements are disbelieved, and one social lesson the profoundly gifted learn is that there are certain accomplishments that you don’t talk about… which feels the way most people would feel if people were shocked and offended when they tried to say, “I can read,” or for that matter, “I can breathe. (Why Feldman edited most of the more extreme anecdotes out of his book)” The highlighted ones are attributed to him.

Finance is international. It involves massive, intricate and sophisticated operations of export and import, the massive perception of trends, knowledge of languages, extensive and frequent trips, an intimate acquaintance with world prices, technological innovations to hit the market, and all new currency or commodity additions to market, the international financial system, demand and supply in various markets, frequent business negotiations with foreigners, world leaders, bankers and so on. This list would fit any modern businessman even spy as well.

Their connections abroad coupled with their connections with the various elites around the world and coupled with their financial prowess – made them the first and only true businessmen of all the new opportunities in the world and Torsten often knew exactly what he was doing, he was very risk averse. He made $ 8 billion in six months from $5.3 billion, they thought he was lucky. They’d think he was looking at hotels in Cairo, but he’d really be in Guangzhou making a web portal play. He became like a Nation State. “When he moves left, tanks, destroyers, subs, they all move left with him. And you don’t know where his focus is gonna land, you hope it lands on you, sometimes you wish you were invisible because when it does land on you… he sees EVERYTHING. Information just flows to him. A  corporate captain or a top-ranking deep state official inviting him to a football game, a leader of an African republic looking for a small loan of a million dollars. He has a lot of allies, informants and an impracticable and “impossible” intellectual armory. He is utterly realistic and Talmudically concise in his opinions.” He runs rings round the best of the best on his worst day like the diminutive Argentine attacker. Torsten is addicted to the adrenaline rush of his job, the intellectual stimulation which demands an intellect not far from what Gauss or Von Neumann might command where most would suffer extreme nervous breakdown at the high-stakes alone.

 

Immeasurable “Genius” IQ

A legendary child prodigy (Adam Konantovich), the story of the man’s talents alone are far greater than the popular science book, Nature’s Gambit cohesively told. He has influenced great stories from Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl, Ted Chiang’s story Understand to the seemingly impossible speed-reading scene in Matt Damon’s researched piece Good Will Hunting because he was  the son of Boris Sidis’s cousin. These tell his stories in bits and fragments.

An excerpt from Ted Chiang’s Understand that he said came from Adam Konantovich’s own mouth:

I’m reminded of my college days when I watch these specialists, each with a pet theory, each contorting the evidence to fit. I’m even less convinced by them now than I was back then; they still have nothing to teach me. [ Regarding psychologists he bamboozled every test thrown at him and has puzzled the greatest medical minds, sending many of them gibbering to their own hospitals.] None of their categorizations are fruitful in analyzing my performance, since – there’s no point in denying it – I’m equally good at everything. I could be studying a new  mathematical theory, a new class of equations, or the grammar of a foreign language, even the operation of an engine; in each case, everything fits together, all the elements cooperate beautifully. In each case, I don’t have to consciously memorize rules, and then apply them mechanically. I just perceive how the system behaves as a whole, as an entity. Of course, I’m aware of all the details and individual steps, but they require so little concentration that they almost feel intuitive [though they are not rigorous but synthetic]. Penetrating.

     From this level of perception and flexibility, his mind can enrich the texture where others felt things were complete and fill in gaps were they never noticed a lack. He could notice the countless intersections, the beauty of the full extent and implications. Often he just wanted to see the tapestry of human knowledge from a broader perspective than anyone has before and only skimmed the cream providing illumination rather than well thought out work unless he found the idea aesthetic then he took it too far. – Ted Chiang, Stories of Your Life.

               Subject name: Adam Konantovich

Born: September 1st 1981.

Adam, a Norwegian child prodigy, scored a mental age of 22 years at 5 years on the SB L-M Third Form, scored the absolute maximum on all sub-tests of the WAIS-III at 13 (1997) in almost a 1/4 the time and finally on his first try scored a full 48 on the Titan Test at 15, an IQ test that had such a high ceiling, that the average person would score zero, and just getting around 50% right would put your IQ in the super stratosphere of 120 (98th Percentile) on the WAIS (SD 15) scored at 268 for the speed in which he finished it though Ron doesn’t score perfect raw scores anymore. He has a general intellectual and psychomotor ability that’s at least 8+ to 10+ SDs above the mean. His reaction time was measured up to 20 times to be 445 milliseconds also 6 SDs above the mean. (29 ms/SD at 257 ms average).

Adam’s mind is restless. He was highly abstract, theoretical, thinking types of person. They process social interactions in, and are generally highly systematic in how they do things. So in whatever he does, the brain will take a highly advanced and prime role in things.

He’s easily distracted by new ideas, he is constantly dedicated to such a vast variety of other intellectual pursuits at the same time but when he does find focus, he’s precise; Adam works at trying to put every piece of information or every problem which he had to solve into some sort of category which links up to a network of interconnected categories, so that his thinking is comprehensive, aware, analytical. Perhaps at his level of intellectual activity this is the most efficient way of handling the multitude of information and ideas which he handles each day. He had a logical imperative related to his complex thought patterns so he expected the world to make sense, taking in the artifice, meta, epistemology, ontology and the principle of fuzzy logic: everything is a matter of degree. His passion for scholarly accuracy and thoroughness set a high standard for accomplishment and his notes were marvels of scholarly exposition and origination. The necessity for the world to be logical results in a need to argue extensively, correct errors, and strive for precision of thought. He was quick to perceive many layers of meaning in each and every situation. This allowed him to quickly perceive underlying innuendos, metaphors and symbols. Adam plays the world around him like a chessboard: seeing many intricate moves ahead and manipulating vectors from the opening moves, using complex gambits to great effect.

Extraordinarily high IQ – omnibus prodigy: profoundly curious generalists, extraordinarily high abstract reasoning capability plus extraordinarily advanced domain-specific skills in all or a great multiplicity of domains resulting no specialties or weaknesses often not even in equivalence. Performs at the level of a highly trained adult in multiple domains. Displays passionate involvement with numerous domains of prodigious achievement with flexibility and suppleness of application. Voracious appetite for academic knowledge. An omnibus prodigy may be someone who is blessed with extraordinarily advanced domain-specific capabilities in pure expression in addition to having a high IQ conferring general flexibility, high creativity, abstract generalization, richness and complexity, making it appear that they can do almost anything at not just a high but exceedingly rare and prodigious level in all mental and even psycho-motor abilities. For Adam, multiple savant abilities are present all at once: nearly perfect recall of visuospatial images, auditory sounds and language; super-fast thinking and calculation; powerful geometric visualization, even in higher dimensions and complex evolutions over time with many moving parts; the ability to execute multiple analyses or trains of thought in parallel at the same time; mastering a decade of education in weeks; constructing complex histories from meager clues; asking the right questions to yield minimal and parsimonious principles; for the profoundness and unbiased delicacy in thought and perception, almost aesthetic that could grasp complex problems and logic with deep, implacable and comprehensive accuracy, the list goes on.

Adam instantly knows how two things might go together in a new whole, not only in theoretical subjects like, mathematics but even in engineering, he is able to invent sophisticated gadgets from nothing more than spare parts left over from ordinary household appliances intuitively. Adam is very good at this kind of visual thinking. He is holistic thinkers and problem solvers. Thus, he has very unusual insights, based on a new conceptualization and origination of material. Adam will use a multiplicity of solutions for many similar types of problems because he finds it easier to do this, and because he fluidly notices and reconceptualizes differences among the problems. Creativity can be the result of exceptional mental flexibility and delicacy. Because the creative person is so flexible, he or she is able to consider multiple solutions and alternative perspectives. People who are especially good at this type of thinking tend to be divergent thinkers: they have both many insights and unusual insights. So, if one solution does not work, they always have something else in mind. Children who have the largest gaps between ideas and ability to produce them may also be the most original. The more original the idea, and the less it is an extension of what else the child has already produced. Adam intuited solutions that were right. His notebooks were marvels of scholarly exposition and origination. When you see [Adam’s] mind at play in his notebooks, the sheer torrential multitude and richness of his ideas makes you recognize that there is something that can’t be understood easily—that we may never be able to understand. There was a denseness and informational richness to his writing and the each line of his writing may contain unavoidable 11-dollar words and neologisms, born by extruding words through the declensions of another languageor his own thoughts, but it’s never the same thing as pretentious. I didn’t pick up pretentiousness or anything derivative, kitsch or contrived. Just like he innovated in mathematics.

A few interesting anecdotes:

I also observed (as have his parents) that Adam is one of the few people who truly seems to be able to handle information in parallel. For instance, when he was working on quite a difficult question on the assessment, and was obviously thinking and talking on that particular problem, he suddenly interrupted himself to produce the solution to a previous problem which he felt he could improve on and could listen to an audio book while he read technical material on the net, navigating windows with superhuman agility. As was described earlier, Adam obtained a mental age of 22 years on the Stanford–Binet L-M at the chronological age of 5 years. As the psychologist who tested him pointed out, this meant that he had passed virtually every item on the test, right up to Superior Adult Three. He scored at the ceiling of the test; however a ratio calculation gives him an IQ of 440. To extend the testing further, the psychologist administered the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS–III) at 13. Here Adam performed at the absolute maximum on every subtest in record-time placing him in the ‘very superior’ range even compared to adults giving him an immeasurable adult IQ, in fact though Adam scored the similarities and comprehension portion of the WAIS-III and on the divergence production test, he also did odd things though he got the essence of the question, he gave many higher level and unusual patterns, he also associated to parts of the material that weren’t easily (or expected to be) noticeable and went off on a tangent he even found patterns in all the patterns holistically. Sometimes, his thinking was too divergent to be scoreable, he could infer, generalize and simplify very complex patterns, psychologists hypothesized there were higher levels of knowledge that allowed him to infer rules to sequences very quickly.

His general non-singular mind was powerful, deep, symbolic, anti-realist, theoretical and without bounds, his ephemeral abilities are equally as impressive, the unusual and imaginative memory which recalls even years later complex mathematical formulas, junk code, maps, huge matrices and even entire phrase books in foreign languages and did so in a matter of minutes, he remembered everything that he learned, saw (even without noticing it the first time) or once thought through and possessed an absolutely extraordinary rapidity to understand and think is illustrated in these quotes: (“He learns instantaneously as soon a he hears about the topic”), I can attest that Adam then aged 12, was completely at ease, visiting multiple conferences intended for the intellectual empyrean of their fields at his father’s alma mater, Princeton where he could almost instantly absorb the subject matter from the several fields of study engaged by the conferences. Not only did he, a twelve-year old boy circulate among prominent researchers, but those elite minds either rivaled for his collaboration or deeply valued his critique and commentary. Adam could, without fail, identify errors in logical thinking and he simply did not pursue information or discourse outside of the realm of logic. He was so far ahead of his classmates in mathematics that his parents had arranged for him to take graduate courses in multiple departments at age six, Adam even acted as a visiting professor, giving lectures in several universities.

“Adam quickly and easily grasps concepts in a holistic and intuitive manner. He thinks and understands with such extraordinary rapidity that once he acquires the basic framework for any particular theory, he intuitively and holistically fills in the particulars, algorithmic relationships, interrelationships, applications and implications with breath-taking speed while still sparing no effort in depth. Then, having an intuitive sense of the theoretical holes in any subject, he questions basic assumptions and correlates theory to corollaries and nitty-gritty applications. The details so intuitive they require barely any analytic focus, his performance was fluid and even narrative like it was impossible for him to be unclear in thought or in expression, his insights profoundly illuminating and his statements precise.”

The learning style of Adam as both nonlinear, auto-didactic and ferociously omnivorous in his desire for breadth and depth of knowledge and his need for constant stimulation. His style is further described as being “non-Western” and nontraditional so that regular school or university programs did not work for him. I was of the conclusion he was simply too fast. Adam quickly and easily grasped concepts in a holistic and intuitive manner. Once he acquired the basic framework, he intuitively filled in the particulars, applications, algorithmic relationships, implications and interrelationships without real effort, sparing no depth in his understanding, the details barely requiring any focus.

He had the holistic vision, a special aesthetic for clearness and delicacy in thought and perception that could yield irrational and exhilarating insights, that could intuit theorems whole requiring pages of complex reasoning to prove even sometimes change the direction of scientific/mathematical progress, had the complement of that he instantaneously saw all the details of the matter by concentrating on the basic properties (axioms) from which all else follows which at the same time, revealed to him the steps to follow to get from the foundations to the applications. We cannot know about his perception but it is impossible for him to be unclear in thought or expression, his insights profoundly illuminating and his statements precise, like whole sentences of parsimonious verbal construction form in instants.

Prenatal – Achieved awareness 5 months into pregnancy as he remembers back that far, could respond rhythmically to music in tempo and lento etc. and with the exact number of taps on his mother’s womb. He still has pre-and peri-natal memories like seeing his hands growing, pink lights and being conceived even memories of re-incarnation as spanning centuries which his parents noted that he knew of coincidences he couldn’t have as far back as the Norman Conquest or from his mother’s six week pregnancy, however he retained only autobiographical memories as he could not remember the skills, only biographies he had supposedly known in previous lives, only upon given a chance to learn them.

(First Words) 3 mos.– “Mom, the ocean is waving at us.” in German, a proto-pun. He since then helped his parents care for him, and made proto-puns and jokes related to physical activity mostly till he was 6 months.

6 mos. – Carried out complex conversations on marine biology, at a Boston Museum, Adam answered the question “What do humpback whales eat?” aimed at fifth graders, he said “Krill, they are small shrimp but they are not microscopic”. In conversations with him, one would quickly notice he had a vast (National Geographic) store of sea animals, ocean currents, sailing vessels, whale migration routes and life in the extreme depths of the ocean trenches. He could read simple books up to about fifth grade level.

10 mos.- Independently re-discovered basic arithmetic:

When Adam was 10 months old, we were sitting in a tent in a Norwegian campground waiting, as one often does in Norway, for the rain to stop. Adam turned to us and said after a long pause, ‘Please teach me logarithms. I understand the characteristic, but I don’t understand about the mantissa.” Well, fortunately for us, you can’t fall very far off the floor of a tent. When we recovered it took a few minutes one of us said, “We will, as soon as you learn arithmetic. Do you know what arithmetic is?” Adam, who was about two months away from reading, as far as we know, answered, “Yes addition, subtraction, multiplication, perfect squares, prime factorization, division, and the square root”. My husband is a natural scientist wherever his brilliance lies, he is competent but not brilliant at mathematics. Where or how Adam independently taught himself these mathematical concepts I have no idea.”

11 mos.- Mastered arithmetic, algebra, analytic geometry, trigonometry, calculus and English from his father and started preparing for ten AP tests with his mother in Physics (1,2, C&C), Calculus (AB & BC), Chemistry, Biology and Computer Science.

2 years.-  He had mastered enough math to tackle Math 55a problem sets in his head.

3 and 1/2 years.- Of all the children we studied, Adam most fit the layperson’s notions of the prodigy: he possessed an extraordinarily powerful mind, an endowment of not just one particular faculty of the brain, but a general superlative of the whole brain itself and a seemingly limitless and effortless ability to master any mental skill /complex area of knowledge at will, almost instantaneously with few delays between first forays and intuitive, holistic (top-down) mastery. When confronted with such evidence of seemingly uncanny ability, people’s reactions often run the gamut of extreme emotions. When we first met Adam, he was three and a half years old and already conversant and literate in several languages (French, Spanish, Hebrew, and a smattering of Russian), had completed ten AP courses and was familiar with some of the principles of higher mathematics and conceptual mathematics, writing short compositions for the guitar and violin even to an extent the piano, and interested in a wide-range of topics, the most general and far-reaching topics (philosophy, mathematics, chemistry, music, history, computer science, physics, biology) he pursued with great intensity because he loved extent and implications while the specifics (zoology, cartography) he pursued with superficial interest.

4 years.– He was conversant and literate in 11 languages [Hebrew, classical Greek, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Yiddish, German, Egyptian Hieroglyphics and Sanskrit], he had learnt these to conduct AP research which corrected the Harvard Philology department and got him a few tenure-track offers, knew BASIC (programming language) and was writing poems and essays with a high command of prose, syntax and literary theory at a tenure-worthy level. He, having mastered the calculus: differential, integral, variations and vector, was also studying via Bourbaki’s Elements of Mathematics (Algebra I), an introduction to general linear, multi-linear and abstract algebras approaching differential geometries, he was writing short compositions for the guitar, violin and piano and independently interested in a wide range of scientific and philosophical topics.

Adam, from age 4 to age 6, taught himself to do prodigious mental arithmetic in binary, octal, hexadecimal and decimal systems and had finished all 32-Volumes of Encyclopedia Britannica and read extensively on mathematics, philosophy, cognitive science and philosophy even the works from the Zhou Dynasty and pre-Socratic philosophers to Thomas Carlyle, O. Spengler and Nietzsche, then Dostoevsky and hair-splitting of the Eleatics and the Pythagoreans, the Sophists and the Skeptics.

Adam conceived a passion for philology which lasted from about 22 months to age four, [studying Hebrew, classical Greek, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Yiddish, German, Egyptian Hieroglyphics and Sanskrit.] Shortly after he turned four, I had noted that he had shown little interest in the grammar exercises we had for him. Instead he was pursuing a intricate relationship with each of them. I told him that if he was no longer interested in languages that was all right but he said he was not interested in those languages anymore because he had figured out the answer to the question. Ever the straight man, his grandfather asked him “What question?” “Oh”, he said, looking at me with helpful attention. “I’ve figured out that there was a parent language for these languages (he listed the Indo-European ones) but not for these. It had 11 cases. I told him the scholars at Harvard called the parent language “Indo-European” and that I had been taught in college (Harvard) that it had ten cases. He said,” Scholars can be wrong. It had 11 cases!” He was right and a tenure track position was offered to someone Harvard thought was much older, a prodigy but a teenager.

6 years.- He had read (and understood) all of the existing literature on physics in original papers (in original languages) and bibliography of pioneering physicists and philosophers of science up to first-year graduate level and had by this time taught himself first-year graduate-level mathematics and undergraduate chemistry and computing science. He scored a GRE practice test in Math, Verbal and Physics but only a 92nd percentile in writing.

7 years.- He read book after book until his brain swelled with knowledge in areas as diverse as philosophy, cognitive science, physics, astronomy, mathematics, computing science, romantic poets, mathematical physics, applied mathematics, pure mathematics, quantum physics, artificial intelligence and robotics, model theory, graph theory, molecular biology, aerospace engineering, mechanical/nuclear engineering, cybernetics and several areas of other computing science (complexity theory, machine-learning, and abstract intractability theory), forensic science, and anthropology, among a hundred other subjects by age 13.

He had set an implacable routine of devouring knowledge himself and his undergraduate triple-major in Physics, Philosophy and Mathematics bothered him little, half the time at Ecole Normale Superieure, Adam didn’t attend lectures at all. He would just show up to take tests it was awe-inspiring to watch because in a very easy, almost casual way, he could solve problem sets that the rest of the class would work 24 + hours on, it was a wonderful thing to behold and there was nothing we could do about it. To us, it was hilarious. By the time he was 16, he could just as casually brief a decade’s worth of education in a week, and take care of whatever he had to take care of, and then get back to whatever he was doing in the first place. He taught himself 12 programming languages [FORTRAN, Python, C++, Java, PHP, HTML, Ada, C, SQL, Mathematica, Perl and Haskell], then the classical studies, poetry, modern and ancient history. He scored a 1,800 chess rating at this age and his reading speed hit 7525 wpm while his typing registered at 38-50 wpm, he also learnt Serb, Japanese, Korean and Mandarin.

“I have an immeasurable IQ. The average human has an IQ of a 100. Therefore I am more intelligent than the average human, to the same degree that the average human is more intelligent than a chimpanzee.”

“The things I do as a casual afterthought, cause others to run the gamut of extreme emotions.”

 

References

Feldman, D.H. with Goldsmith, L. (1986). Nature’s gambit. New York: Basic Books.

Extract: http://www.tcrecord.org/library/abstract.asp?contentid=555 | https://www.davidsongifted.org/Search-Database/entry/R10815

Dahlberg, W. (1992). Brilliance-The childhood dilemma of unusual intellect. Roeper Review, 15, 7-10.

Extract: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02783199209553448

The School he went to: Of the total number of children (55) scoring over IQ 140 (154.7), 11 had IQ scores above 180. This suggests that very bright children need further assessment in order to adequately plan for them. The school offered graduate courses as a regular curriculum loading. “But IQ is hardly important in a form full of clever boys.” – Malcolm Gladwell. (Outliers)

He then at 13, applied to Caltech, ENS, Julliard, Harvard and MIT, he chose Harvard (Music).

Bender, L., Van, S. G., Escoffier, J.-Y., Weinstein, B., Weinstein, H., Gordon, J., Armstrong, S., … Buena Vista Home Entertainment (Firm),. (1997). Good Will Hunting. (Inspiration & Consultation from Matt Damon’s first meeting of him, he was reading a stack of technical books in the Tufts Library mimicking 28:45)

Understand (1991) by Ted Chiang (Consultation for novella)

Koppelman, Brian,, et al. Billions. Paramount : Showtime Entertainment, 2017.: 2008 financial crisis story.

“After the crisis, he was shameless enough to quote Pol Pot after conning banks for billions more after making 300% returns for five years from option strategies in the Balkans. To his fellow plutocrats he simply said “Even now you can look at me. Am I a savage person? My conscience is clear.”

Patterson, Scott, 2010 -. The Quants : How a New Breed of Math Whizzes Conquered Wall Street and Nearly Destroyed It. New York :Crown Business, 2010. Print.

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Family Genealogy of Adam Konantovich

A few notes on Adam’s bloodline are as follows including the life of his paternal grandfather which I found most interesting:

Adam’s paternal grandmother was child J and his grandfather was child L from Leta Stetter Hollingsworth’s study of children above 180 IQ.

Great Grand Parents
J’s father made 446 on the CAVD, indicating a childhood IQ of 180+.
J’s mother made a 435 on the CAVD, consistent with a childhood IQ not less than 170. (J comes by her intelligence honestly.)

Not much about her could be found but:

At 7 years, 10 months, J had read 6 Shakespearean plays, 46 books, and used encyclopedias and dictionaries independently.

Her poem at four years old is as follows:

 A MARCH SNOWFALL
It’s March, yet snow is falling fast,
And one may hear the wintry blast.
A budding tree, a sign of spring,
Will to me great gladness bring.
When crocuses have put their heads,
Above the softened garden beds,
An when in all the fields around
Lively little lambkins bound,
And green creeps up across the lawn
I’ll be glad the snow has gone.

Child L’s Father was a self-taught electrician and his Mother was a graduate of Hunter College.

Jewish grandparents were brilliant (Von Neumanns).

Child L’s brilliance: This anecdote was given as a example of what Christopher Langan who was dubbed  “The Smartest Man in America” was probably like as a child, he was often allowed to lecture (for as long as an hour) on some special topic, such as the history of timepieces, ancient theories of engine construction, mathematics, and history. He constructed out of odds and ends (typewriter ribbon spools, for example) a homemade clock of the pendular type to illustrate some of the principles of chronometry, and this clock was set up before the class during the enrichment unit on ‘Time and Timekeeping’ to demonstrate some of the principles of chronometry. His notebooks were marvels of masterly exposition. “Being discontented with what he considered the inadequate treatment of land travel in a class unit on ‘Transportation,’ he agreed that time was too limited to do justice to everything. But he insisted that ‘at least they should have covered ancient theory.’ As an extra and voluntary project, ‘he brought in elaborate drawings and accounts of the ancient theories of engines, locomotives etc’.. . He was at that time 10 years of age.”

Childhood Personality Characteristics are strikingly similar to that of Adam Konantovich himself at the same age (17):

  • Young L’s erudition was astonishing and seemed to have no bound (“He learns instantaneously as soon as he hears of a topic”).
  • Grew from being frail (premature) to relatively large, robust, impressive and  abnormally strong, tough and physically fit.
  • Fondly dubbed “Professor”
  • Intellectually easily the leader of the group
  • Is very intelligent, perceptive, sophisticated, educated, cunning and adaptable, but also self-centered.
  • Attitudes and abilities appreciated by both pupils and teachers (Very Charismatic).
  • “Too mature”
  • “Should be more of a nuisance”
  • “Very cheeky and mischievous”
  • “Bit and scratched with anyone independent of age or size”
  • “Need to make him more of a real boy”
  • Completely autodidactic with many constructive hobbies.
  • Not much playing… lacked time and companions.
  • Likes solitary sports, but not organized sports
  • Emotional adjustment better than average
  • Tends to be alone
  • Taciturn and emotionally unperturbable
  • Rarely asks for sympathy or encouragement
  • Dynamic, enterprising, self-sufficient and self-directed
  • Tends to ignore advice of others
  • Seldom or rarely substitutes daydreaming for action
  • Tends to dominate in face-to-face situations
  • Tends to be well-adjusted to environment
  • Philomath, Wanderlust, Neophile and Aesthete (severe levels)
  • Solitary
  • Fiercely and often diabolically Independent
  • Non-social but charismatic and socially very adept.
  • Extremely tough mentally and physically.
  • Show an enormous capacity for self-sufficiency, for the ability to operate alone, independently and autonomously, in managing their worlds with a fascinating cool at their core.
  • Unusual confidence in themselves, ethereal and envelop themselves in mystery. There is no limit to what they can undertake communicates their confidence and it is unpredictable what I will says their imagination.

Child L was a Nazi party member, who defected to Germany at age 15 to try to turn the tide of defeat he saw coming Hitler’s way, he was Jewish but physiognomically he was tall(6’0), blond and blue-eyed. He helped in Operation Barbarossa but the commanding general would not heed his advice of focusing on Moscow as the only city to take, performing false retreats, allowing the Japanese to invade Russia with their own ethical code of conduct and bringing Spain into the war by waiving their 200 million dollar debt. He even invented but did not complete the jet aircraft and STG-44 in Germany, which he was recruited by US military during the Cold War to complete, he was the father of Cold War military aerospace and missile design even solved the Mordell Conjecture but not having a PhD and due to his criminal past no official recognition was awarded. He made a fortune from patents made during the muscle car craze, making him over US$ 200 million. A perhaps apocryphal story was that his jet was shot down over Siberia were he stayed for months awaiting rescue in a depth of jungle even hardened Spetnaz never dared tread, killing tigers and bears day in and out while there he became preoccupied with wondering seriously whether to abandon civilization for a primitive life he had begun to enjoy. He produced great books in history, literature, philosophy, and made art and poetry even as he behaved continually in abnormal patterns that ordinary peoples may suggest arose from deep-seated maladjustment and even depravity. When he married in 1950, the couple devoted their lives unduly to sensual pleasure in ways that are popularly regarded by more sober and restrained members of society as wicked or depraved. By his fellows who are especially austere of his ways of careless bon vivant were often attacked with thunderous vigor, to join him in certain extreme acts, held as largely responsible for the ills of mankind.

Family Controversy:
His grandfather’s friends included Nicolae Ceausescu, Emperor Hirohito, several African Dictators (Qaddafi etc) and a few higher ups in organized crime including Pablo Escobar even being caught up in gang wars. He was also friends with Cornfeld, the British Royal Family, Shivdasani, the Koch Brothers and Gaon. He also sympathized with Nazi party members and was investigated by the FBI regarding Hitler being in Argentina. JvN, an uncle of his, cut contact with him for Nazi collaboration.

One report indicates that while on a sea voyage he seduced a young Hungarian-Russian beauty and also her similarly enticing and voluptuous mother. After the mother and daughter discovered that he had been alternating his sexual attentions between them, with convincing vows of eternal fidelity to both, they maintained a fierce and idealistic loyalty to him and each sought diligently to obtain financial advantages for him through intercession with the husband (of the older) and father (of the younger), who had not, because of urgent and important business responsibilities, been able to accompany them on the voyage even to the point of murdering others to his benefit. This is apparently a typical example of his ability to impress others, including very learned and intelligent people that they were, with his appearance of profound sincerity and of innumerable other virtues and remarkable abilities and achievements. The sexually perverse philias carried out by this handsome, athletic young man of idealistic and intensely virile appearance were acts of memorable sadistic depravity.

He is described as being extremely calm and poised after these deeds and entirely free of remorse. After the first murder of several members of an enemy gang he spoke with great interest about accounts of it in the newspapers, expressed opinions about how the gruesome wounds might have been inflicted (he had surgical knowledge), and even communicated with the police, offering to help them discover the murderer. The victims were tightly bound and gagged. Points brought out at the autopsies indicate that he wanted men to remain alive as long as possible to experience the agony resulting from his vicious torture and that he seemed to relish particularly while the victims still remained conscious and capable of feeling it. It appears to me, however, that such an argument ignores the peculiar and astonishing callousness of psychopaths and also ignores the fact that they appear to take a positive and boastful delight in silently showing off in the midst of their uninviting, destructive, and antisocial achievements. They often seem to relish this as an exhibition of their prowess. I think it much more likely that such a man as he would want to savor the afterglow of his perverse and sadistic crime, to exult in his success, and to flaunt his ability to hoodwink the police than that he would be unconsciously seeking punishment in order to ease a conscience which was causing him great remorse of which he remained unaware.

Other notable things:
As a 8-year-old college freshman, he maintained social contacts, graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Caltech at 12.

Consider this quote:

On his own initiative, L is investigating the possibilities of scholarships in his triple major at Caltech in Physics, Mathematics and Philosophy. He says ” I spend between two to three hours a night on coursework. I don’t need to do this but I am aiming for national honors (scholarship) and taking it very seriously.

He is a stickler for the exact in scholarly endeavors; no statement is right  unless it is exactly right and neutrally objective .  It is easy to see how this trait might antagonize average children of C’s age, and even teachers and others in authority.

Selective private schools by national scholarships.

His Parents
His Father, a Caltech UG (perfect GPA) /Princeton PhD Physics: SAT 1600 and GRE: 2100, tenured at EPFL (25 ~ full professor), then Stony Brook, Karlsruhe and finally University of Oslo (where he retired), who made his fortune through inheritance and various entrepreneurial work. IQ is 188.5 on SB.

(Father, b. 1954): Physicist (80 papers in Fluid Dynamics, Mathematical Physics and Super-Conduction), Inventor (97 patents in Aerospace, Electrical Engineering, Robotics and Avionics), Pilot (Hyper-sonic Jets), Black-Belt in Aikido and Krav Maga, fluent in nine languages (Japanese, Sanskrit, Mandarin, Spanish, Russian, English, Polish, French or partial German), Travel Nomad, Centi-millionaire business owner. He attained tenure at École Polytechnique at the age of 25 and had won an IEEE Medal of Honor, CNRS Gold Medal, Nobel Prize in Physics and finally, the Wolf Prize by retirement at 60.

Adam’s father, Nathaniel Konantovich was a harsh taskmaster who never wanted to be saddled with a child in fact he would have loved to indulge womanizing and work without that complication.

The last time I had seen her was for breakfast at Ole’s, an old-time pancake house on Alameda’s main street, the East San Francisco Bay city where I lived. I had met her there with her boyfriend, Nathaniel, who was over 30 years older — a huge and imposing man {age: 61} of over 200 pounds of muscle, with voluminous grey hair and the fading natural good looks of Cary Grant, dressed in a tailor-made suit, the indifferent scowl on his face making me feel like he was not happy — with the restaurant, the food, me (his son) — or Angela, who, at 23, could have passed for his much-younger daughter.

His mother, a grad-school dropout Computer Scientist who attended Carnegie Mellon Comp. Sci PhD /Berkeley UG, achieving a SAT score of 1590 and a GRE score of 2400. Her dad was a “Termite” and a college professor at Princeton related to Boris Sidis. Her mother, a Korzybski graduated with honors in Mathematics from the University of Gottingen. IQ is 167 on SB.

(Mother, b. 1962): Pulitzer-prize nominated Novelist in Philosophy and Historical Thought, Model, Chef, Carnegie Mellon partial PhD in Computer Science.

She has inherited her mother’s
dark eyes, olive skin, luxuriant hair and luminous complexion, and although not conceited about her physical attractiveness, she likes to take care of her appearance and ensure that she is well presented. When an idea or a task arouses her interest she throws herself into the project with tremendous enthusiasm and takes great pride in her work. She is multi-talented; as well as having exceptional academic abilities, she is an excellent pianist, a talented singer, and a superb actress, and everything is done with flair and élan.

Recent Notable ancestors (Paternal):
Abel, Nucky Johnson, Walter Pitts, Erwin Rommel and a US Pilot (Ace of Aces), Da Vinci and rumored Hypatia.

(Maternal) Korzybski: Korzybski was born in Warsaw, Poland which at that time was part of the Russian Empire. He was part of an aristocratic Polish family whose members had worked as mathematicians, scientists, and engineers for generations. A war hero (Ace of Aces Pilot), A prohibition-era Mafia Boss, A billionaire inventor, William James Sidis, generals in the Grande Arme, Bankers in the court of Louis who funded American Independence.

Recent Notable Ancestor:
William James Sidis, Richard Albert Loeb, Alfred Korzybski, Friedrich Nietzsche.

Familial Background

The Family is a pseudo-aristocratic dynasty which dates back to at least the Norman Conquest and the Polish Invasion of Russia in 1606, which has amassed a stupendous fortune through both legitimate and illegitimate excursions ((US$ 2.52 Billion)). These fortunes have been multiplied astronomically ((US$ 133.54 Billion dollars/US$ 209.003 billion dollar hedge fund)) in recent times by Adam Konantovich himself, who invested a huge chunk of it in option strategies throughout the Balkans and Russia, following the breakdown of communism there. Adam was always wealthy. He grew up a nuclear family worth north of US$100 million (US$ 280 Million later 2.7 billion.)

Though he was born in Scotland, he had by the time he was 17, been to over 16 countries. Adam Konantovich was raised in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Scotland (a castle), the son of a Pulitzer-Prize nominated author and a successful entrepreneur and twice Nobel Laureate physicist. His childhood was the embodiment of concerted cultivation. Throughout his childhood from the time he was a new as 6 weeks old to the time he left home at fifteen, the Konantoviches had been with him sight-seeing through sixteen different countries. Summers he would work as a research assistant for scholars in various fields. He was permitted to maintain a radically accelerated curriculum equally remarkable for it’s breadth and depth of content.

The average IQ of his family based on generational test records of 150 known tests is around 148.9 on the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Test (SD~15) and 168.4 (SD~16) on the Stanford Binet, meaning the average in his family is a professorial level of intellect. The number of patents, low base rate achievements, net wealth and awarded distinctions of the family is in the top 10% of academics world-wide enough to rise to the top 200-300 in a university ranking.

Adam descends from families both on his matrilineal side (Korzybski), for which the precocious appearance of severe talent and handsome, dominant, charismatic, athletic young men and women of idealistic and intensely virile appearance has been a theme throughout several generations, his ancestors have been engineers, scientists, mathematicians, famous prodigies (William James Sidis), generals, inventors even a few scoundrels such as swash-buckling pirates, clever con-men and crooked political advisers, it was only because Adam stood out so extremely that he was deemed a prodigy. His Norwegian father also comes from a extended family which has included several world-class thinkers. A grandparent was the inventor of a few electrical devices used the world over that made him a fortune of around half a billion dollars, and one ancestor though not necessarily direct, was a legendary mathematician (Niels Henrik Abel).

His ethnicity is as follows: Ashkenazim “Polish”(Korzybski), Ukrainian (Sidis), Irish Latin American Descent (Argentinian) and Finnish/Greek extract with a touch of Scottish from my mother, Primarily German, French (Huguenot), Northern Italian, Northern African, Swedish, Norwegian (Abelian), Ashkenazim, Czechoslovak, and Austrian from my father.

Mystery Man #1: Adam Konantovich (Pt.2) Billionaire by 23?!

Adam was always wealthy. He grew up in Norway to a nuclear family worth north of US$100 million (US$240 Million to be exact), their entire nuclear family consisting of 123 members was worth US$ 2.8 Billion, a fortune Adam’s grandfather made. His father later made $2.3 billion more when he put $80 million in the S&P 500 in 1974, bringing the family wealth to US$ 5.1 Billion 21 years later. (( now the extended family wealth is approximately US$ 133.54 Billion dollars))

A short quote from when he came out if the SAS is as follows:

Just like Casanova said he did, I hung out with dissolute fellows completely without any good or moral feeling: suborners of honest girls, drunks, murderers, and the most cunning men that anyone would ever believe exist and I learnt from the handbook of experience, there is a social and conventional logic. I now prioritize the mechanics of the game above my own quirks and seek results rather than reaction in my social interactions. There isn’t objective morality today.

His mother, a grad-school dropout Computer Scientist who attended Carnegie Mellon Comp. Sci PhD /Berkeley UG, achieving a SAT score of 1590 and a GRE score of 2400 and his Father, a Caltech UG (perfect GPA) /Princeton PhD Physics: SAT 1600 and GRE: 2100, tenured at EPFL (26 ~ assistant professor), then Stony Brook and Karlsruhe who probably made his fortune through inheritance and patents.

Since he was a child, he has marveled his family with his extraordinary intellect, prompting his parents to create a varied, stimulating environment for him. The family often traveled in fact it is said they came home for vacation, with Adam self-teaching himself from the family library on the private plane that since became their home till age seven where he was allowed to undergo unofficial graduate tutelage at ENS in over five different departments, as much as he could handle was the official motto of his education and even then he could handle quite a lot. (Covered in an earlier post). By the time Adam was only 24, it was hard to think of a place he had not been reasonably close to at one point or another, he had even picked up 160 languages! (or 159 if you discount Klingon).

He has not even a high-school diploma. His education consists of unofficial attendance at ENS, Tufts and MIT (for graduate courses!) and a record SAT and GRE score. (Mentioned in another post)

His family believed so much in his potential they offered him his inheritance early (US$ 50 million) before he was 13 (1997), by which time his patents (around twenty-seven of them) and architectural designs (won a Dublin architectural competition) had earned him over US$ 71.30 million. Soon following the housing boom since 1997, his real estate empire grew: 195% from investing in South-Africa and anticipating a four-year bust, he quickly sold his homes, this netted him over US$ 370 Million (or around US $ 185 Million after tax) assuming a minimum appreciation of 10% till he was 20, he made around US$ 223.85 Million by the time he was 20.

In 1997, he was introduced as the individuals I study usually are to his first real spot of trouble. During the trips he made to Boston’s intellectual cognoscenti, he had befriended a group of savvy MIT hackers, who cracked small corporations for profit. Adam managed to convince them to aim for bigger fish and over the course of 4 months, they managed to hack the ISS and gain access to military satellite source code which Adam was in the process of downloading through a data farm he rented pseudonymously. His house was swarmed with what to all first-accounts seemed an unofficial Black Ops group. He was taken to ADX Florence, a prison that is known for the profound psychological effects it has on it’s prisoners never experiencing fresh air and socialization. Here he spent four months. Before he was given a deal to allow his sentence to be waived, as to what deal I do not know, possibly Bush’s drones or undercover missions. His various pseudonyms have since become legend in the covert and criminal underworld at least on the shadowy dark web. (Possible links to Roger Hobbs’s legendary First Book, “The Ghostman” perhaps Jack Delton’s exploits are his.)

In Monaco, he started a hedge fund by pooling US$ 1.25 M from 400 trusted friends and family members (family owns a lot of royalties) across Central and Eastern Europe into a cumulative hedge-fund of US$ 687.52 Million (he put in US$ 187.52 M) utilizing his government connections and friendship with Sam Vaknin, a mentor who also amassed wealth quickly, at the age of 21 he was friends with the richest billionaires in the world: Shivdasani, Gaon, Taman, Raccah, Cornfeld.

They devised a clever way of utilizing ingenious option strategies, arbitraging yields of over 300%  (Adam personally generated annual returns of 372.92% from 2004 to 2007 from US$ 650 Million to US$ 72.72 Billion, he had an initial stake of about US$ 185 million), these yields can be collected in immature markets of transition (in Central and Eastern Europe) without normally associated risks. This sub-species of markets is found now mainly in Russia, Serbia, Indonesia and the Balkans all of these markets they spread their investments over. (US$ 23.67 Billion).

They then bought sovereign bonds and notes at discounts of up to 80% of their face value for Russian obligations could be had for less in the precise times before economic transitions such as the Kosovo Crisis, this sky-rocketed his fortune to US$ 55.9 Billion.

Insulated by such a fortune (2008), he was confident enough to claim financial instruments from any local bank across Eastern Europe, offering to buy them and then provide counter-offers to unsuspecting clients, in the end of the debacle the corrupt banks would be forced to collapse at that same time, he was enjoying the ever-lower interest rates (post 9/11) of the US and the UK economies to get even richer, usually borrowing the money in bulk through tombstone IDs of several deceased Macedonian civil servants to fake their being bankrupt at a later date. He also distributed narcotics and food to Somali Pirates and sanctioned nations (Russia, North Korea, Iran etc.) for close to 30% profits.

Somali Pirates are frequently paid hundreds of millions by governments in ransoms and negotiations and African Dictators and corrupt European regimes are very malleable for business deals of this nature.

By the end of the year after many close calls with intelligence and organized crime in addition to dropping returns and soaring risks, he established a legitimate trading house in New York, as his expertise evolved and his experience accumulated, Adam and his hired financial operators learned to slice the hazards, evaluate them using value-at-risk mathematical models, tailor them to the needs of specific customer profiles, hedge them with complex derivatives, and trade them in unofficial, unregulated, highly liquid, amorphous, and emergent “marketplaces” making modest annual returns of  (5.2 to 17.5%) while Sam’s contacts at Mossad ran the systems management and organization. He has since invested in Stripe, Snapchat among various other companies.

This helped them retain their fortunes after massive spending and Geo-Political movements, they have been the eminence grise behind many a political movement and regime, invested massively in STEM activities and more.

In 2008, following the financial crash and the wipe-out of Milosevic’s regime, he was arrested and interrogated several times by the new securities fraud squad of the Israeli and US intelligence. He was suspected of (and, in 2009, convicted of) securities fraud in a strange affair involving the purchase of a state-owned bank (or secretly state-owned) big bank. He was taken to an unknown place in Alaska for four months and then put under house arrest for 3 years in Patriki after being fined US$ 200 M, serving his final years in Switzerland only allowed to take four trips for a duration of four weeks each year, basically eight months locked up in a rented mansion, in Switzerland, he resided in a US$ 250 million-dollar prison (since sold).

Inside his custom prison, Adam (much like Escobar) lived like a sultan. There were parties with gourmet food and booze, beauty queens and whores. There were drugs (Cocaine, LSD, Shrooms, Weed, Vicodin, Morphine and a few synthetics), water beds and elaborate sound systems and activities. Adam ran his financial empire by phone and internet. The mansion was outfitted with every toy and extravagance money could buy. Adam could sleep 200 guests at a time, and entertain them with food, music, games and parties. He built an airport, a heliport and a network of roads.

Adam is much like his mentor, Sam Vaknin, his considerable intellectual armory (e.g. an anecdote of his is that he mastered 29 graduate texts in 20 hours or zero to the edge of an academic discipline in 4.8 days) is practicable for few people on Earth, they are utterly realistic, Talmudically concise in their opinions, and damn relentless. It is impossible for them to be unclear in thought or in expression. Their insights profoundly illuminating and their statements precise. Each possessed of a multi-layered and bloodcurdlingly perceptive cunning and blazing intelligence, as well as a deep and delicate understanding of the causality that drives everything they see.

But Adam has another side, an outrageous blend of the erotic, darkly and hugely addictive charisma and exotic extravagance. Adam was a maestro. He enjoyed speed, sex, challenge and subtly showing off, mostly to himself but others could watch.

Adam has developed a charisma about himself over the years, and when he steps in the room everyone notices – and wonders what, exactly, his story is—both good and bad. Adam doesn’t just have an insanely above-average intelligence, but street smarts, and an insanely high tolerance for anxiety. He is sexual and aggressive. He is also, since childhood, competitive with anyone, demanding and has no fear of confrontations; in fact, he thrives on extreme and high-pressure situations often, it seems to have a calming effect (“As the temperature goes up, mine comes down”). And in contrast to his image, he is not extroverted. He can become charismatically engaging when needed, but in his private world, he is a private and reflective person with a poetic sense of philosophizing how he got to his point in life. He is, in the parlance, all business though. But his personality is like a physical force, an elusive, mysterious, unpredictable, addictive (“Walking Heroin”) challenge that’s always out of your control. People tend to like him, sometimes even when they know he is not on their side, and even those who hate his fucking guts have to admit respect. Even when at his darkest, he has traits, which one cannot help but admire. Bold, charismatic, independent, audacious and genius. Capturing the audience with their charisma, incredible intellect, mastery of manipulation, and boldness of action, this character is a show-stealer, demanding your reverence at every turn.

The sentencing was so light because there was no concrete evidence, in fact studying each part in unison trying to figure out what he did must have made him confident they would not. Can one figure out a new emergent system like thinking from a single neuron one at a time—No.

Currently, he is worth at least US $ 60.82 Billion as of 2017 and not on the list for the reasons of he doesn’t want to be and is perhaps assumed to be a war criminal and opportunist not worthy of the beleaguered list. He is only 32! (Born September 1st. 1984)

He has cumulatively made $92,8 Billion dollars. He spent a lot on the clandestine research lab that he runs (US$ 20.00 Billion), (US$ 5.18 Billion) on personal use and was fined a hefty sum of US$6 billion (2008 arrest) to avoid a prison sentence and refund the victims of financial fraud.

The billionaires are kings, and Adam like all the other kings, has mansions (a particularly stately one in the Hamptons with over 70 rooms and a cave), personal helicopters, penthouses, beach houses, expansive estates, the land for the iron man movie, urban pied-à-terres and quaint 30,000-square-foot country homes and ranches, limousines, a wardrobe of over a million dollars of clothes and a fancy art collection ranging of up to $ 400 million dollars) a library of 13,000 books boasting rare manuscripts, obscure tomes, extortionately-priced academic journals and expensive relics to rival the Vatican.

And he still has cash to spare because he enjoys some of the trappings of his upper-class upbringing, such as his expensive wardrobe, several horses (naturally they’re cared for in a well-stocked stable), a large personal plane which is beautifully furnished, a fleet of hypersonic fighter jets (he is known to race them!~ at 17, he underwent SEAL training), his extreme sports hobbies (white-water rafting, deep-sea scuba diving and snow-boarding to sailing) and expeditions,  a collection of vintage, luxury and sports cars (25-$60 million total) that are in perfect working order not to mention tech and laboratories (personal) that universities would drool over but his net-worth still soars by 5.2 to 17.5% every year instead of at least remaining stagnant. In other words, money is no issue for him  whatsoever. He has even ordered 2 K-Computers to run AI in two of his houses (US$2.50B price total).

He leads a life of moderate extravagance, spending about $600 million every year. In a progressive world where all is for sale, Adam and other billionaires can buy themselves genetically perfect bodies: FFMI of 23.0, 165lbs. and a body-fat of 14%, or de-age themselves unbeknownst to the public.

Clearly, life is an IQ test, and money is how we keep score, because from an evolutionary perspective, intelligence is the mental ability to adapt; to take whatever situation you’re in, and turn it around to your advantage.

And what is more advantageous than money? Money buys mansions overlooking the Pacific ocean on one side and the mountains on the other. Money buys private jets and fancy cars. Money buys the best food, and the best servants, and politicians who impose your world views, scientists and clandestine research labs to the envy of all universities to explore all your questions and build pet projects, and media platforms to spread your ideas. It buys the best health care for yourself and all your loved ones, and buys the freedom to retire early. It even buys love (evolutionary psych 101 or gold diggers) and better teeth and hair, the perfect body without exercise and indefinite youth (plastic surgery and BioViva).

If you know where to shop, money is the solution to virtually all our problems, and smart people, as good problem solvers, tend to get money. It is the commodification of magnificent power.

It is the drive of this man that gets him going. My father told me, a man cannot be too privileged or he’ll do nothing he isn’t qualified for. Adam’s arrogance does not allow him to get this memo:

He is the most venerable kind of man: that does not preclude his being the most cheerful and the kindliest as there is nothing he despises more than the entrapping comforts of stability and familiarity, and nothing that will please him more than to see worlds broken and made anew. Nothing fazes him and though people are frightened by his intensity, nearly all of them are excited by his powerful sense of calm and control, he’s embraced uncertainty, calmly and emotionlessly and he’s often so experienced and savvy, that he’s still able to pull victory out of the jaws of defeat more often than not. As a result, he is very competitive and intense: anything he does he does exceptionally well. He is strongly compelled – where others are merely motivated. He is driven, relentless, tireless, and ruthless. He often makes it to the top. But even when he does not – he strives and fights and learns and climbs and creates and thinks and devises and designs and conspires. Faced with a challenge – he is likely to do better than most.  It’s the edge this gives him. The killer instinct. A certain degree of intensity about him, you think; or a piercing gaze. But he’s definitely got something. It’s the confidence of knowing that he doesn’t need anybody else, because the most important things to him are whatever they are, and individual people in his life are great, but they’re of secondary importance. X both thrives under mutating structure and even finds subtle ways of rebelling against it.

 

Excerpt from The Ghostman or from an onion link since removed.

The short answer: You fucking can’t.

Until then my heists were impeccably planned: A numbered brokerage account at a private bank in Geneva. A few million stashed in Kuala Lumpur. Brussels. Diamonds in Antwerp. Eurobonds in São Paulo. A real estate company in Johannesburg.

Our target was a German financial company that operated a currency-export office in downtown Kuala Lumpur. This was six years ago. Angela and I scoped it out. They had a big vault at the top of a skyscraper where they’d cage up incoming local currencies before distributing them to their branches all around Asia. They were loaded.

Every hour or so an armored truck would come in through the basement and drop off another few boxes of cash from the airport. In order to get to the vault, they’d use this high-tech super-secure elevator that led right to the top floor. Marcus figured out how to make that elevator ours. Once we got in, we took over the bank for a full hour in broad daylight. We drilled the vault door and emptied out everything inside. In the end, the take was something like seventeen and a half million dollars. It was more money than any of us had ever seen before. But then everything went wrong.

The team of perpetrators (myself included) was said to have planned for the dreaded things to be miles away on training routines. Too far to be a problem.

But the team also did not make sure a certain undercover cop was dead. One who later informed the Malaysian police of their plan. Most of them were killed or tear gassed and rounded up. They did not get the money.

The cops waited for us to hit the bank. The moment we got in that elevator, the skyscraper went Dog Day Afternoon. The Royal Malaysian Police sent in helicopters to circle the building and cordoned off a ten-block radius in the busiest part of the city so no traffic could get through. The building was surrounded by squad cars. By the time we cracked the vault, we had two different hostage negotiators on hold, one in English and one in Malay. At the time, the Royal Malaysian Police had only a handful of helicopters for the whole country.

They were search and rescue choppers, not air-cav. Back then, all of them were out at sea almost all the time, scouting for pirates and smugglers. Only one worked near Kuala Lumpur, and during the hour we hit the bank it was supposed to be doing training exercises a hundred miles away in Ipoh. In order to respond to us, it would’ve needed to land and fuel up.

Even if the police did everything perfectly, it would take them at least forty minutes to bring the chopper back. We would’ve ruled the air for an hour or more. We could bypass the police blockade completely, and fire off some tear gas grenades from the roof as a diversion. Even if the cops followed our helicopter, we’d fly toward the airport, so they couldn’t follow us without threatening air-traffic control. We’d stay under the radar, land somewhere deep in the country. When we planned the heist, we knew the cops would respond. That was inevitable.

Nobody robs a bank for an hour without anybody showing up. We’d planned for squad cars and roadblocks, and even hostage negotiators. But because the police knew we were coming, they had time to prepare. Roadblocks and squad cars didn’t mess with our plan—but helicopters did. Once we’d finished the heist, our plan was to escape through the roof.

Above the bank was a private helipad where the regional executive kept a chopper fueled and ready to take him back and forth between the office and his estate in the Genting Highlands. He was out for the day, so his luxury helicopter was just sitting there. It would seat all seven of us just fine, plus all our equipment.

Without clear airspace, our getaway was a nightmare. As soon as we touched the roof, we were open to sniper attack. Then, even if we managed to get to the chopper, the police could follow us anywhere. Hell, they could’ve shot us down. The whole rooftop exit was ruined. Instead, we had to take the secure elevator back down to the basement, steal an armored vehicle and drive right through the barricades onto the street and outrun the cops through the heart of the city. It was a dumb move, but we didn’t have a choice. We could either take our chances on the road or get blown out of the sky. We chose the road.

We came out guns blazing. It was like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. I can still remember the smell of gunpowder from my assault rifle, the blinding pain of tear gas and the ringing in my ears. I was never more afraid or excited in my life. One of our crew members took a bullet to the head even before we were all out of the elevator. I raised my assault rifle and pissed bullets at the barricade, but was shot three times and had to snort ungodly amounts of cocaine to get myself to keep going.

That’s when we all split up. There was tear gas everywhere, so I didn’t see where everybody went. I took off on my own. I lost the police in the marketplace, then went back to my scatter. I changed my identity and left the country as quickly as I could.

Mr Hayes, our jugmarker, also survived. He wasn’t even in the country when all this went down. He planned the whole thing from the back of his diner in Seattle. As soon as he got the news, he went to ground. He hid out in Mexico for close to six months before the heat blew over. It was like he dropped off the face of the earth.

He disconnected all his phones and tore up his Rolodex. By the time he came back, his reputation was ruined. He never saw the inside of a prison, but he never ran a big-time heist again. It was the end of his career and he’d scour the globe the next six years looking to kill me.

I’d eventually settle the score but that’s a whole other story involving a casino robbery, setting up a guy with federal payload cash and more deaths than I can count.

In other words, you have to plan intensively before doing anything big enough that it will attract helicopters.

Unless perhaps you can jam it and have it crash or fire at it. None of these things are easy when you have heat on you.

Academic work

Arrested at age 13 for teaming up with a group of MIT hackers (most likely those he met at the LOGOS lab) to crack a military satellite which they did in 4 months, he was in the process of downloading the source code to a data farm he rented pseudonymously when he was caught and sent to ADX Florence for 4 months, it is not known what he did but the deal was that he work for the US military lending them his expertise in their clandestine academic Black Ops operations, it is here at such clandestine institutions that rumors of fly-like MAVs, high-pressure submarines, Inertial dampers modelled on Woodpeckers and more have originated.

His involvements have ranged from Artificial Intelligence and a recent attempt to create inertial dampers from Woodpeckers to contemplating the feasibility of building bases and submarines for deep underwater use. His mathematical work for various hedge funds have prompted a few big shots (Isadore Singer, Nobel Prize winners, Fields Medalists and Jim Simons) to call him a peer of not only them but of Gauss and Euler (Various Email correspondences) and a great amount of controversy surrounded his first ever paper at 18 (2002)! Much of the mathematics at Renaissance Technologies is a very tightly kept secret but many respectable mathematicians have sworn that Rentech is “the best math and physics department in the world” with the money to have “arms” as many of these “monster-mind” men are rich in their own right apart from any funding committees, their ideas are quickly initiated. Many who come into contact with Rentech mathematicians, physicists and Computer scientists are not only impressed but frightfully so by the members that make up it’s elite. Some have told me there are a few who could have an entire shelf of Field’s Medals and Nobel Prizes, before I discredit this as hyperbole would Gauss and Euler not have been so eligible?

The sharing of knowledge far from being free is fragmented even in academia does one often not hit pay-walls? (Pubmed etc.) In Corporate and secret Government labs, they cannot always patent but they can keep secret innovations for years, the competition is MASSIVE and there’s no relax, no tenure “Stay up or out” thus many suicides have occurred. Contrary to popular belief, they cannot be “black boxed” and Rentech’s obvious success at keeping at bay the diffusion of ideas of former employees is a testament to it’s possibility for Government as well despite Bill Nye’s popular argument against such an ability to maintain secrecy in any organization.  Several financial startups have successfully made complex execution strategies that would render capable participants better off starting their own academic research bases as to try to crack Rentech mounts sufficient risk of simply wasting money and talent.

John Overdeck and many other hedgies have gone toe-to-toe with Terence Tao, himself a legendary child prodigy and possibly one of the best academic mathematicians of his time at mathematical galas in New York. Many say to me that of course in academia we are smarter but the important distinction is on average, in diverse areas of business lie very extreme individuals, Adam’s track record is not at all very believable to most.

The only work I know of Adam’s in detail is his derivation of String Theory and LQG as a special case of Chronon Field theory but the rumors of the injection shot of innovation he provided to the military? To Rentech? Even a proof of FLT that is only a page long based on a complicated set of mathematical truths and a prime counting function that Fields Medalists of Rentech he challengingly mocked sat in front of waiting for divine revelation? It was 2002! He was 18! His Proof due to his own arrogant approach to unveiling it was rejected for a while, since it was his first ever mathematical paper too. It has applications to the Birch Swinnerton Dyer Conjecture, the Riemann Hypothesis, Computer Encryption and more.

Adam has since his controversial first-ever paper on Partial Differential Equations that give insight into the Riemann Hypothesis at age 18, has continually published at a rate of almost 7 major papers per month, he is 28 and has racked up 800 major papers ranging from pure and meta mathematics, mathematical physics, applied mathematics, and other previously non-mathematical subjects like: Computer Science, Chemistry, Biology, Sociology, Genetics, Economics and Engineering i.e. fly-like MAVs, inertial dampers, strong-weak nuclear circuitry (more efficient), weapons, synthetic polymers, heavy elements, communications and energy generation etc. He has been accused of skimming the cream, he never stays to work on the details once illumination has been provided.

A NASA employee at the Ames Research Center in California, told me that his work at Rentech is simple,

He has discovered a set of analytic definitions that generalize and simplify large swathes of mathematics. He has attacked the Hilbert program from a new light, at Renaissance, some are charting serious territory with his findings, solving problems pertaining to Yang-Mills, Navier-Stokes, pure mathematics and mathematical logic. He writes in a very conservative fashion in contrast to his journal (written in many ancient and modern languages so no one else can really read it) where his pondering of extent and implications are rife, ever the perfectionist, he does not like to publish many of the results of his research, fearing that they were never perfect enough, he wanted to make it rigorous to the point where no one could ever find fault even multiple proofs where possible. Or, as Gauss would describe it, “pauca sed matura” (few, but ripe).

He owns many private research startups (working with government and corporations) these days all in STEM and spends over US$ 2B -600 million each year on these and himself even pet projects like de-aging, regenerative therapy and billionaire crowd-funding for a 100 km electron-electron particle accelerator to be built at Rentech? At ENS?

General Life

He is a good strategist but excels when events change around him and he has to improvise, he is remarkably adept at finding creative ways to win no matter how difficult the situation, his strategic cunning and insight, incisive psychological insight, powers of interpersonal interaction and understanding of the mechanisms of power go unmatched by most and he enjoys manipulating the development of his life, business deals and relationships. We tend to have the conception of prodigies as those with an endowment of one particular faculty of the brain and thus out of their depth, an ordinary man awarded gifts that they can’t appreciate. Perhaps they are naive and know little of the nature of men or the importance and application of effective action, he is capable of extending his remarkable ingenuity in dealing with difficult situations such as foes and deathtraps and of making incredible strategic moves to great conclusion.

Known to have a wicked sense of humor that translates into him being impossibly witty and sharp-tongued, often quick with a casual quip, satirical narrative, joke or sarcastic (snarky) comment on his immediate situation; his wit can also have a wry, subtle and riotous even scathing and cynical side, and in matters of caustic disassembling and cutting sarcasm,  he is equally as seemingly incontestable and often as funny as he is offensive, seemingly knowing exactly what to say and do to gain the wanted effect. He surprises everyone with his casual wisecracks and smart-alecky remarks, and they do get him into a bit of trouble. In a “bluer” mood, he demonstrates that he knows his way around a metaphor or a poignant remark. He has a deep and intricate aesthetic sensibility and philosophical bent which is hidden in the conservative nature of his public writings. With effortless eloquence and blistering, abnormal verbal proficiency, he gave coruscating  crystalline, abstractive dissections and elegant explanations of the twists and turns of labyrinthine and resplendent abstractions; spouting effortless sophistry that undressed any matter.  

“For him, it seems impossible to be unclear in thought or expression, his insights profound and his statements precise.”

Difficult tasks are a privilege to him; to play with burdens that crush others, a recreation. He finds his happiness where others would find their destruction: in the labyrinth, in hardness against themselves and others, in revolutionary change. I define him, as the “new man”: an “overpowered” psychological and agentic superhero free from “the shackles”. He is brilliant, brutal, bored, existentially neurotic and very adventurous. But also, when the situation demands it, he is beatific and arrogant.