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".
Yes i also noticed that they failed to answer their own question in the documentary, just came up with some conflicting possibilities.
Personally i would never have included the mice-awful.
I did find parts of the program very interesting; the chess mind, the blind seer, and the artist at the end.
But the program was entirely inconclusive.
"We knew he was someone who had a tragic flaw, that's where his greatness came from"
Just genetic, people with a neural speed higher than 99.99999 percent of people are geniuses.
It's not always a question of speed even though the system, including timed IQ tests that are designed to measure only a few moves deep, condition this kind of thinking. On that note, I would say genius is effortless, but effortlessness is not sufficient.
More importantly, genius consists in the ability to string together thousands of arguments without getting oneself in contradictions.
raw brain power, imagination...both thinking outside the box and at the same time knowing what's needed/necessary for others (i.e. some lvl of practicality).. and then tenacity/hard work. doesn't matter what you think if you don't produce anything.
The Media! We only seem to regard people as genius, if they are in the media, or if enough has been written about them in history. We all meet a genius everyday and just don't realise it.
The best genius you will ever know is yourself! You are the genius of your own life! Take inspiration from other genius, but you’re the genius who makes it happen!
A genius is the epitome of the literate individual, while the celebrity is the epitome of the global village.
The genius is now passé, and the celebrity is now, well, celebrated.
For the celebrity killed the genius. And the genius is of only forensic interest.
But like any new species, the celebrity is received with some suspicion. Indeed the very word celebrity is pejorative, while the word genius is hallowed by time.
Paris Hilton is our celebrity but no one can figure out why. But it's simply - in the Attention Economy Paris has more attention than anyone else, so we worship her and seek to emulate her. Why, some of us have 500 friends and counting.
But the secret to attention is simply presence. And Paris is present everywhere in the electronic media. Paris is now the dream of every little girl, and even us little boys.
But how we love to put her down because we envy her so much. We love to hate Paris because she has effortlessly what have strived so hard to attain - simply attention - for attention is a sign of love.
We pay attention and we lend an ear to someone we love. And we love Paris. We love Paris in the Springtime.