Hi all, How does one go about in a systematic, unbiased way of determining if one has the capabilities to succeed at the level of the engineers and scientists who invented stuff like the transistor, lasers, the CAT and MRI scanners (or more lately - STMs and EM cloaks) ? Is it really just very high GPAs and IQs that can predict success in these fields ?- think about people like Dean Kamen Can one realistically reach these levels through just the training at undergrad and graduate institutions? -what aren't they teaching us? How to know that you aren't deluding yourself and wasting time by pursuing something for which you don't have the talent ? There's tentative evidence that certain aspects of intelligence can be trained,see (http://www.pnas.org/content/105/19/6829.full.pdf+html) - what hope is there for us without "real talent" ?-do we wait for the singularity in 2045 or something? P.S.: I could care less about the pure physics stuff nowadays, concerning string theory,dark matter,Higgs,etc...and hope I wasn't too rambling.