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Sunday
Jul222018

RS 213 - Dean Simonton on "The causes of scientific and artistic genius"

Release date: July 22nd, 2018

Dean Simonton

This episode features Professor Dean Simonton, who has spent his life quantitatively studying geniuses, from Einstein to Mozart. Dean and Julia discuss his views on whether IQ is important, whether some innovations are "in the air" at given points in history, whether the "10,000 hours = mastery" theory promoted by Malcolm Gladwell is accurate, and more.

Links:

"The Genius Checklist" by Dean Simonton

"Hereditary Genius" by Francis Galton

Edited by Brent Silk

Music by Miracles of Modern Science

 

Full Transcripts 

Reader Comments (5)

Immigrants definitely start a lot of companies and invent a lot of technologies.

Glad to hear that someone can have hobbies, and a social life, and doesn't need to just grind away for 10,000 hours, to achieve genius.
July 22, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJameson
Professor Dean Simonton is not an expert on autism and shouldn’t have been asked for his opinions. Autism experts reject the functioning labels outright because they understand how damaging they are. People who understand autism know that autism does not in fact cancel out expressiveness. Anyone looking closely at this topic would do well to chase up research on the significant numbers of autistic people, particularly autistic women, who have been misdiagnosed as bipolar.
July 31, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterStace
Malcolm Gladwell is a very successful self-publicist. As a thinker - and an observer of the human experience - he is a very successful self-publicist.
August 1, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMarkB
thank you for sharing information
August 7, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterslither io
Julia and Dean discussed the importance of picking the right question or problem to work on. Perhaps one aspect of genius is the foresight (based on deep knowledge, and maybe some degree of intuition) to choose the right problems to work on.
August 8, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterKarson

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