Sunday, April 7, 2013

The Engine of Genius

The concept of genius is more elusive than the concept of intelligence. It is complicated due to its relationship to creativity. While intelligence can be measured on standardized tests, giftedness is reflected in cognitive creative abilities: fluency, flexibility, originality, and elaboration. 

"How many uses can you think of for a paperclip?" 

Conceiving of this question is an example of gifted query. Responding to it by detailing out a long list, writing an analytical thesis on the morality of paper clips in Western Society, or creating a paper clip sculpture might be something the enthusiastic genius would attempt. 

Unless they're bored...

In which case, answers may vary: 

Giftedness does not go away. It is a state of being that must be continually addressed and subsequently managed throughout the course of one's lifetime. 

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