No one could deny the German genius. It shows itself across many fields and in many times. But how can we explain the German genius.
Allan Snyder from the Centre for the Mind (http://www.centreforthemind.com/whoweare/index.htm) says that genius is accessed in deep trance. But what is trance?
Trance occurs when parts of the cognitive mind go to sleep and parts of the creative mind wake up.
And what is interesting is that in a trance we lose our sense of humour. This is because our sense of humour is a cognitive faculty and so goes to sleep while we are in a trance.
And what is even more interesting is that Germans are famous for their lack of a sense of humour. And this is simply because Germans are trance meisters. And of course in a trance they loose their sense of humour.
Of course once they wake from their trance, their sense of humour returns.
Pina Bausch is a perfect example of this. Pina Bausch was a German genius of dance. And her dances are pure genius, but without a sense of humour, as we would expect.
The price Germans pay for being trance meisters is that they are susceptible to suggestion, and particularly suggestion from an authority figure.
So we might see Germans as vulnerable geniuses.