posted on Oct, 15 2009 @ 02:35 PM
I really find it hard to believe that you can accurately determine 'genius' or even 'intelligence' (whatever that means) by a standardised test.
Who's to say how to test a person's mental abilities?
How would a standardized IQ test reveal say Wolfgang Mozart's musical intelligence? He was purported to have a 'photo-sono-graphic musical memory'
wherein he could remember several hundred themes played to him and be able to reproduce them without error perfectly even days later.
At the age of 14 he heard Allegri's Miserere in g-minor in the Sistine Chapel played only twice and was able to write out the entire score (9 vocal
parts with some complex harmonies mixed in with easier passages with repeats) and only needed to make 2-corrections when listened to the 3rd time---no
records back then, you heard it once and could not play it again right away...
Even today, this kind of intelligence is beyond any standardized test. And Herr Einstein they say did not speak until he was more than 5 years
old...he was thought originally to be mentally and emotionally retarded---how common it is to have socalled genii (geniuses) so brilliant in one area
and so backwards in others (our Mozart had early on developed a bad gambling habit he apparently could not kick, and was always behind on paying his
bills--and always needed someone 'emotionally older' to take care of him, (first his father Leoopold, then his wife Constanza) at least according to
Nannerl his older sister who knew her brother all too well....)
To me, one IS NOT a genius, but ONE HAS Genius...and perhaps we all do in one area or another. Magic Johnson was no 'intellect' but he had a genius
for basketball (i.e. physical intelligence, sports genius) which was specific to that one sport--although it would be hard to say if he could also
excel in his younger days at other sports at the same level.
What about acting genius? Few actors are 'intellectual giants' (many of even the best of them are gorssly uneducated in formal schooling, or have
little mental agility to speak of, think of Anna Marie 'Patty' Duke playing Helen Keller on stage as a 12 year old on Broadway !) but what they do
up there on the screen (and / or on the stage) is sometimes characteristic of what is called artistic genius, which is hard to measure on any
standardised IQ test.
What about the other arts, e.g. painting / sculpting / fashion or interior design and THEIR geniuses?
Political genius? Poetical - Literary Genius (e.g. Shakespeare)? Business Genius? What about the so-called Fashion IQ or photographic model genius?
Some highly intelligent people (think of Abraham Lincoln !) haven't a clue as to how to wear clothes---others, not so onbiously intelligent' (think
of Gloria Swanson in the 1920s) have a particularly focussed genius to be able to bring out their physical beauty by donning only the most perfect
combinations of fashion and materials to set off every key contour of their bodies.
To me standardised tests are worthless...talent and genius in a particular area (such as the ability to improvise on the spot a 4-part fugue on a
given theme chosen at random using Krebbs, inversions, stretto, imitation, canon etc.) cannot be measured by such means, and to brand a child with an
IQ number for life (from an early age) only serves to stifle his/her potential abilities and limit their creative horizons...sometimes permanently.