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MADNESS REDEFINED: CREATIVITY, INTELLIGENCE AND THE DARK SIDE OF THE MIND

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Date: Friday June 1, 2012
Time: 08:00 PM-09:30 PM
Venue: Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College

The notion of a “tortured genius” or “mad scientist” may be more than a romantic aberration. Research shows that bipolar disorder and schizophrenia correlate with high creativity and intelligence, raising tantalizing questions: What role does environment play in the path to mental illness? Are so-called mental defects being positively selected for in the gene pool? Where’s the line between gift and deficit? As studies mount supporting the storied link between special aptitudes and mental illnesses, science is reexamining the shifting spectrum between brilliance and madness.

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This program is part of The Big Idea Series, made possible with support from the John Templeton Foundation.

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