Originally posted by Semicollegiate
The geniuses in the past lived in a world devoid of entertainment. Everyone spends time watching TV and playing video games. The last wave of geniuses ended about the time that movies and cars became common pastimes in the western world. John Taylor Gatto said somewhere that the average person, as a child, has about 9 hours per week to think about himself as an entity in the universe. The last bunch of geniuses, pre WW1, spent up to 100 hours per week thinking about reality and what was possible.
you make a very good point,
in the op i wrote about the type "computer genius" part of pointing that out was the power to "look up" all available information, and searching and locating the "correct" information (out of a sea of information)
but you have benefit of knowing what sources of information had the best "quality" information
and can "narrow down" on specific searches on very specific subjects.
"the physical amount of information available would in past times be a library big enough to get lost in,
without having to search for a books location, and then walking to it, you can access it in seconds.
the availability of vast volumes of information comes to computer users as well
Psychologists think of geniuses as people who score high on intelligence tests. The actual definition of genius is the act of creation, as in genesis or generation. A genius creates something new, or genius is the act of creation itself credited to the person who did it first.
i think this is where the psychologists get it wrong, credit is not needed for the creation or invention of a thing, for its creator to be considered genius. dont confuse the two. IMHO it is the act of innovation, design and invention, it is the act that shares this to the world, that conveys weather some one is genius.
it can be expressed in the arts, science design or even in the use of language.
Invention is a form of activity, and most activities are done best when done for enjoyment. Genius is born of boredom and inspiration.
i would agree, to a point,
it think its true that "Necessity is the mother of all invention"
but intense focus really helps
Geniuses will reappear when the averge, undirected person has a rule of thumb approximation of the totality of human knowledge and there is nothing else interesting to do.
lol now thats funny
curiosity as a force can be very powerful,
"now how does THAT work"
"i can design one BETTER than that"