digitalmars.D.learn - OT: The Genius Famine
- Laeeth Isharc (46/46) Oct 23 2015 Since there are some highly creative and intelligent people here,
Since there are some highly creative and intelligent people here, self-selected to be those who enjoy working on problems that are intrinsically interesting, I thought one or two people might enjoy reading some extracts from a forthcoming book on the topic of creative accomplishment and the endogenous personality by Professor Bruce Charlton, Professor of Medicine at Newcastle University. If it's not your bag, then no need to read it! http://geniusfamine.blogspot.co.uk/ This book is about genius: what it is, what it does, where it comes from. And about geniuses: especially why there used to be so many and now there are so few; what was the effect of an era of geniuses, and what will be the consequences of our current Genius Famine. This book describes the genius as an Endogenous personality; that is, a person of high intelligence combined with a personality driven from within, an ‘inner’ –orientated personality: that is, a dominated by the Creative Triad of (1) Innate high ability, (2) Inner motivation and (3) Intuitive thinking. When high intelligence and this type of personality are confluent, a potential genius is the result. But to fulfil this potential the Endogenous personality must find and accept his own Destiny, and must undergo the trials and tribulations of a Quest before he is likely to be rewarded by an Illumination: a breakthrough. Even then, the breakthrough must be noticed, understood, accepted, implemented by society at large; and we describe how past societies were much better at recognizing and making a place for the potential genius. Because the problem is that the Endogenous personality is usually an awkward and asocial character at best; and often an actively unpleasant person and a disruptive influence. Geniuses are altruistic, in the sense that their work is primarily for the good of the group; and not for the usual social rewards such as status, money, sex, and popularity. Therefore many geniuses need to be sustained in a long-term way; and their work demands careful attention and evaluation. We argue that modern societies, by means both indirect and direct, have become hostile to genius and indifferent to the work of those relatively few remaining geniuses. However, because the work of a genius is necessary and irreplaceable, we argue for a change of attitude. Modern society needs geniuses for its own survival in the face of unfamiliar, often unprecedented, threats. Therefore, we must in future do a better job of recognizing, sustaining and accepting guidance from as many geniuses of the highest quality that can be found.
Oct 23 2015