“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”
― Albert Einstein
Far be it from me to debunk the left brain. This artist has struggled too long and too hard to integrate the gift of the left brain to do that. However-news flash western world- it is not our only reality! This op-ed from the Washington Post confirms my own experience and some of the whisperings that have leaked out over the years.
Five Myths about Genius
By Eric Weiner October 21
Eric Weiner is the author, most recently, of “The Geography of Genius: Lessons from the World’s Most Creative Places.”
Einstein’s genius rested not with amassed knowledge but, rather, with his ability to make leaps of understanding that others couldn’t. Einstein wasn’t a know-it-all. He was a see-it-all.
Genius clusters. Certain places, at certain times, produce a mother lode of brilliant minds and good ideas.
As Plato said, “What is honored in a country will be cultivated there.” Geniuses are less like shooting stars and more like flowers, a natural outcome of a creative ecology.
Over the past 70 years, the scientific community has published exponentially more research papers, “yet the rate at which truly creative work emerges has remained relatively constant,” historian J. Rogers Hollingsworth writes in the journal Nature. We are producing a greater number of competent scientists, talented ones even, but not necessarily more geniuses.
We are also producing an unprecedented amount of data, but that is not to be confused with creative genius. After all, if genius were simply a function of the amount of data at your fingertips, then every smartphone owner would be another Einstein.
You can find the whole article here Five Myths about Genius
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