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    The notion of a genius is relative. In order for someone to be labelled as "genius", they have to possess incredible talent in something that is widely recognized as being significant. Say, in the prehistoric age, someone who could hunt meat better than anybody else would be considered to be a genius. However, the expected skillset has changed. Because the societal expectations have become academic, someone with an amazing ability to link concepts to create something new would be considered to be a genius. Someone who is amazing at mental math could be considered to be a genius. Someone who could flap their ears or could whistle well, however, would not be considered a genius, because even though these skills can entertain people for a while, they are generally useless for the society. And as Danikov said, we use IQ tests to figure out where along the intelligence spectrum a person falls, because we do not have a more adequate measurement of intelligence. And there would never be a fully accurate measurement of intelligence, since we can only test specific skills and such an intelligence test would require an infinite amount of skills to be measured and added up.
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    IQ seems to be the only legitimate way to describe a genius.

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    Apple's Think Different Ad sums it up for me:
    Think Different

    Here's to the crazy ones,
    the misfits,
    the rebels,
    the troublemakers.
    The round pegs in the square holes.
    The ones who see things differently.

    They're not fond of rules
    and they have no respect for the status quo.

    You can quote them,
    disagree with them,
    glorify or vilify them.
    About the only thing you can't do
    is ignore them,
    because they change things.
    They push the human race forward.

    And while some may see them as the crazy ones,
    we see genius
    .

    Because the people who are crazy enough to
    think they can change the world
    are the ones who do.
    "Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible."
    — Richard P. Feynman

    "Never tell a person a thing is impossible. G*d/the Universe may have been waiting all this time for someone ignorant enough of the impossibility to do just that thing."
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    first of all you cant be a genius unless you understand that there can be many types of geniuses and that they all can be geniuses for totally different reasons
    "Where wisdom reigns, there is no conflict between thinking and feeling."
    — C.G. Jung

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    Nothing...you're born with it, you either have it or you don't. Genius ancestors make one a genius. That's it.
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    I tend to see genius as going beyond what people perceived was possible, even stepping intelligence up to a new level. It has a wow factor, which high intelligence alone doesn't. Da Vinci, Einstein, Tesla, Shakespeare, Monet, etc. Not just smart guys but ones who had crazy visions which changed history more than anyone at the time, or even later, could imagine.
    Freude, schöner Götterfunken Tochter aus Elysium, Wir betreten feuertrunken, Himmlische, dein Heiligtum! Deine Zauber binden wieder Was die Mode streng geteilt; Alle Menschen werden Brüder, Wo dein sanfter Flügel weilt.

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    According to the philosophy I read: disinterested contemplation. Or, as Schopenhauer put it, when the intellect supersedes the will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halla74 View Post
    To me, a genius is someone who:

    (1) ...accomplishes something that has not been done before, and was thought to be impossible.

    (2) ...makes something happen when it was needed most despite a significant lack of resources, such as time, money, labor, materials, etc.

    (3) ...stops very bad things from happening, especially if they do so in a way that is undetectable, and that causes no tension, or other "ripples in the pond."
    good list.
    "I don't know a perfect person.
    I only know flawed people who are still worth loving."
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    Too easy!

    A genius is a literate individual.

    And now the genius is dead, long with the book, the God of the Book, privacy, and the counter-intuitive thinking of the genius.

    Today we are part of electronic tribes, like Typology Central.

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    Quote Originally Posted by InsatiableCuriosity View Post
    Apple's Think Different Ad sums it up for me:
    When a company starts selling genius, we know genius is over.

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