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    Quote Originally Posted by Windigo View Post
    What I was told is that the higher the IQ the better able a person can interconnect information and learn from past experiences. Therefore I believe that a genius is someone with an above average memory who can break a large problem into smaller parts and use remembered strategies from similar problems to come up with a creative solution using the parts of the brain responsible for the above categories.

    I have also read an article about a group of children who were given IQ tests in the 40s in Edinburgh, Scotland who were retested in the 90s and they found that the children who went to school and pursued academically challenging careers that involved problem solving (such as doctors and engineers) sometimes bumped up their IQs between 10 and 20 points indicating (to me at least) that IQ is fluid.
    What IQ tests aim to measure is quantitatively unchangeable, but the reason the IQ results themselves can change is because having the capability to grasp and apply cognitive patterns does not necessarily mean you've been exposed to them.

    This is also the real reason why IQ tests are not an effective measurement of intelligence, because the results depend on a certain amount of explicit rote knowledge or implicit learned thought patterns. Although it can be used as a very general indicator, it can't really capture someone's true mental "horsepower", and as of now the only way is for the person to determine through day to day empirical cause and effect where they fit into a cognitive hierarchy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Windigo View Post
    Therefore I believe that a genius is someone with an above average memory who can break a large problem into smaller parts and use remembered strategies from similar problems to come up with a creative solution using the parts of the brain responsible for the above categories.

    A genius must not only have a better than average memory, but also have a wide base of knowledge gained either through book study or practical experience that allows them to quickly find the best way to solve a unique problem.

    Whether or not a genius chooses to use their ability to help others falls more under character than genius which I believe ultimately is the more important of the two.

    PS and of course I forgot to mention a natural curiosity and desire to understand how the world works and solve challenging problems. : ) It doesn't matter how smart you are if you don't want to use it.
    You've captured my views on this subject perfectly.

    A genius has the abilities... and is not just limited to what's measurable by IQ, but rather well-rounded abilities in critical thinking, open-mindedness, verbal or visual skills, plus the desire to learn and try new things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by disregard View Post
    What makes a genius?

    The opinions of other people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by human101 View Post
    What Makes A Genius ?
    What makes an idiot?
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    Well, my initial thoughts are that if we really knew what genius was, we would be able to replicate it. We can't, so are just left guessing.

    As far as I can tell intelligence, thus genius, is subjective, relative and ambiguous.

    Subjectivity can be removed by choosing just one subject's view.
    Relativity can be removed by choosing just one scenario.
    Ambiguity can be removed by using a more precise definition.

    Then intelligence looses all its usefulness as a term, and just becomes "John solved this problem at this time".

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    Quote Originally Posted by human101 View Post
    There's a Horizon documentary on this question in an hour on bbc1. How would you guys define genius and how do you think they nurture such unique thought processes ?
    As usual, they failed to answer the question they set, although I liked Mark Lythgoe's model: there are these excitatory and inhibitory neural processes and it is 'breaking' the inhibitory process that "unleashes" creativity. Which fits with what we know about the relationship between genius and "madness".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alpha Prime View Post
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