I have seen a lot of people that have great memories and can regurgitate a ton of information, but I never call them smart or a genius. To me a genius is someone who can come up with organic ideas and have something to support that idea.
Do we still have geniuses in our world today? Can we?
I think “geniuses” are people who stick longer with an issue and use their own imagination and individual viewpoint to solve it. It’s glorified in our media culture, we value old minds more than our own. We take other people’s answers for granted as ingeniousness, and undermine our own view. I think there’s potential in us all – given the right circumstance, development and space to bloom. We should think independently, and we might just realize we have it in us to be so much more than we allow ourselves to be in this consumerism-victimisation-culture. I think one main point of the “genius” is the courage to try what others don’t..
I think that you just need to question things, be willing to ask why. Genius is not something that is ever unattainable it just comes to those who observe things and then ask themselves or others the right question.
As to the line of victimization, a great author by the name of Harry Mulitzsche (*spl?) once put it this way. There is a golden wall that is formed around those who do and those who don’t. When those who don’t look to the ones who do they see some sort of god or figure of intelligent prowess when really its just another individual who is just as hopelessly lost in this world them self. There is no genius then, there are just those who allow themselves to look outside of themselves, observe things and then ask questions. I guess you could say then genius is its own golden wall ;)
That depends. How would you feel about someone who steals dead bodies to inspect them and draw them afterwards? Or someone capable of inventing something dangerous to humanity just because he’s obsessed? A person taking a great advantage of hallucinogens half of his life to draw inspiration from them? Or about an unhealthily isolated person enjoying to express his imagination in his work more than sharing it? We do.
This question is really just another way to ask the question “what is a genius?” If your definition of genius is someone who “acting along, effects dramatic change, the world over, through his own uncanny brilliance,” then you might have a case for “there are no geniuses anymore.”
If you agree to a slightly less strict definition of genius, then I think it goes without saying we have geniuses among us.
@secretcow, More like “Inspirational.” Crab mentality gets rid of potential geniuses, because there’s too much shit everywhere. It’s all about perspective really, look at Steve Jobs. Sure he was one hell of a person, reached for his dream. But really, he stole, lied and is the perfect example of a new age Capitalist Pig.
This guy is legit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linus_Torvalds
This guy is also incredibly smart, despite being a string theorist: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Witten
Also, two of the guys who discovered asymptotic freedom in quarks essentially got Nobel prizes for the first scientific papers they wrote.