Beautiful Minds: The Enigma of Genius

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Beautiful Minds: The Enigma of Genius

Full Program: 2011 World Science Festival | 01:30:32

Original Program Date: Saturday, June 4, 2011

Featuring Neurologist, Author R. Douglas Fields, Composer Philip Glass, Neuropsychologist Rex Jung, Psychologist Dean Keith Simonton, and Director Julie Taymor with Mathematician Marcus du Sautoy Moderating

Full 90 Minute Program: Immanuel Kant, who coined the term genius in the 1700s, defined it as the rare capacity to independently understand concepts that would normally have to be taught by another person. Since then, the spectrum of abilities that we call genius has widened, but pivotal questions remain: What exactly is genius? Where do the remarkable abilities of genius come from? Is genius something that lives within all of us, or is it a categorically different way of seeing the world that is bestowed upon only a few? With the emergence of new imaging technologies and a fundamental shift in the understanding of how information is spread through our brains, we’re beginning to find some answers. We joined neuroscientists, psychologists, renowned thinkers, and special performers as they untangled the complicated nature of genius, creativity, and exceptionality. Check out all Beautiful Minds videos This program is part of the Big Ideas series.

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Marcus du Sautoy

Mathematician
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R. Douglas Fields

Neurologist, Author
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Philip Glass

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Rex Jung

Neuropsychologist
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Dean Keith Simonton

Psychologist
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Julie Taymor

Director
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