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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