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What is genius?

If revelation is in context to experience, how is genius understood? Is it always viewed in retrospect, or in relation to accepted precepts, or is the power of genius found in the force of undeniable clarity of thought?

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    Aug 23 2012: In the valley of the blind, the one-eyed man is a king. A genius king.
    It is all relative to the masses.
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    Aug 24 2012: Here is an interesting article that I read awhile back. There is also a podcast to go with it. I agree with most of what the article has to say, especially about the difference between "geniuses" and "really smart people". A certain degree of creativity and imagination is necessary to be a genius, as well as a desire to do something with your ideas.

    http://people.howstuffworks.com/genius.htm
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    Aug 24 2012: A peak above average and both by definition at a given time.
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    Aug 24 2012: Guys like Ralph Eienstien
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    Aug 24 2012: Genius is a way of envisioning the world in a way that no one had ever thought of before, but with such beauty and grace that people instinctively connect with that new vision.
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      Aug 24 2012: Verbie, I am not sure that anyone identified so neatly with Einstein's visions initially.
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        Aug 24 2012: Hm. Good point. Maybe I was letting my romanticism crowd out my rationalism. :-). Perhaps better to say that people eventually catch up to this understanding, the geniuses just figure it out first..
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    Aug 23 2012: generally, it's determined by popular demand isn't it..?
  • Aug 23 2012: I think every one has the potential to become a genius when they are young, it all depends on an education and an early teaching of how to question, respond to situations and think things rationally and viewing both sides to make a conclusion. Once these skills start to build then a genius is born. I don't conceder my self a genius in any way but I am glad that the school I attended taught me the importance of critical thinking when solving problems.
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    Aug 23 2012: Genius is the quality of such a person who has completely identified his hidden skill /talent and uses it to his (and /or community's benefit) ...
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    Aug 23 2012: I think genius is just an attribute used to boast a person's confidence/pride.
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    Gail .

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    Aug 23 2012: I forgot to insert the link. Sorry:
    http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_changing_education_paradigms.html
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    Gail .

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    Aug 23 2012: Genius is a product of creative thinking. I have found that it is inextricably tied to undeniable clarity of thought.

    You might like this video. It deals with how our educational systems not only stifle, but kill the genius that lies latent with us all.
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      Aug 23 2012: I think this might be right. I seem to notice what I consider genius when someone takes all the lego blocks that were always in front of us and sees something totally new and unexpected there. It has something to do with taking the evidence and connecting it in new and useful ways and for me it is all about ways that help many people.

      I see us all as extensions of that human organism and the front end of the normal statistical curve (2.5 % or something like that )as a turtle's head which steers the whole creature to nourishment, safety or something facinating.
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    Aug 23 2012: If you're talking about genius in intellect, then IQ is the measure of that genius-ness. Logical thinking, problem-solving, coming up with innovative ideas or solutions, critical thinking and analysis. Like if you can figure out how to do a rubik's cube without any help from outside sources in just a few days, then you're a smart guy.
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      Aug 23 2012: oh well, that darned Rubiks cube leaves me out!
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        Aug 23 2012: yeah, I cheated doing the rubik's cube. Just watched a youtube video about one algorithm lol