What Is Genius?

08/10/11
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Dean Keith Simonton

Renowned for his groundbreaking contributions to the study of genius, Dean Keith Simonton has provided his expertise to over 400 publications on the topic, including a dozen books.

How to define genius? Dean Keith Simonton takes us on a historical tour of its ever-changing meaning. From its humble beginnings as a measure of potential we all have within us, to a solely artistic gift—as described by Immanuel Kant—to a testable measure of intelligence governed by an IQ score. But can something that transcends the status quo really be defined within the limits of it? What follows is a lively discussion on the making of a genius.
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This program is part of The Big Idea Series, made possible with support from the John Templeton Foundation.