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    Default What Makes A Genius ?

    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 ?

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    What makes a genius?

    The opinions of other people.

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    Thinking outside the box in a way that actually improves upon things.
    Or it could be an entirely new path, in which case the genius of it all is apparent.

    Nurture such thought processes... Well.
    I think that real geniuses - not savants - are hugely creative individuals.
    Some of the most intelligent people I know of are incredibly well-spoken.
    I'd say that a lot of geniality can back-traced to how strong the language centers of your brain are (Broca's area and Wernicke's area).
    If you have the correct grasp of words so that you can express yourself and your thoughts in a fashion that does not restrict you...
    Well, then you've come far in the thought process already.

    Let's take the example of Helen Keller. Until she was in her early teens she did not know a word.
    Before language, her only memories are of primal urges and base feelings like hunger, anger, satisfaction.
    After language was taught to her by Anne Sullivan and she could start teaching herself things, it was a whole new world.

    Thus, I reason that higher proficiency in one main language and many auxiliary languages gives you better outside the box thinking,
    because different languages contain different nuances and meanings in words, which incorporates entire ways of thinking.
    When you see a larger picture than you can using only one language, thought comes easier.
    Of course, a person needs a good sense of logic and many other things as well; like this little thing called creativity.
    Those two seem hard to mix, though. In all honesty, I think it's a matter of human evolution and or possibly nutrition/environment/upbringing/education.
    Some have it easier from the start genetically, and they are few and far between. Even fewer get the right conditions for advancing.

    But, all in all, i'd say the geniuses that I have met are linguistically gifted no matter what field they are in.
    Not saying I am a genius myself. That'd be boastful, since I haven't accomplished anything worth noting.
    I agree with Disregard that the opinions of other people are indeed important, as well.

    Mightier than the tread of marching armies is the power of an idea whose time has come

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    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."
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    Just genetic, people with a neural speed higher than 99.99999 percent of people are geniuses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FDG View Post
    Just genetic, people with a neural speed higher than 99.99999 percent of people are geniuses.
    What if they think about totally irrelevant things? Seriously? I'm not trying to be a smart ass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Halla74 View Post
    What if they think about totally irrelevant things? Seriously? I'm not trying to be a smart ass.
    Ahah yes, in that case you're right, they would just be called "idiot savants" perhaps? But I suppose that if a person can process things that quickly he-she will also be able to understand what's relevant and what's irrilevant.
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    To me a genius is someone who genuinely takes care of people and may be able tho he has to endure the biggest hardships to still reload and aim for the head this time
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    Quote Originally Posted by FDG View Post
    Ahah yes, in that case you're right, they would just be called "idiot savants" perhaps? But I suppose that if a person can process things that quickly he-she will also be able to understand what's relevant and what's irrilevant.
    It would be interesting to see how much variation occurs as such. I know lots of people who are very book smart, but not at all street smart. I also know alot of very street smart people who couldn't write a memo if they tried. It's all about balance to me...
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