As this fits into at least four of the six categories in Other Sciences, I thought I'd introduce it here in General Discussions, as it doesn't really fit into any three, much less two, or even one of the categories in Other Sciences, and most certainly doesn't fit into any of the more restrictive categories in any of the other sections. What this thread is NOT: 1. A discussion of IQ 2. A discussion of any group, whatsoever (I'm not naming names, of which there are many, so you - please don't name names), which requires certain levels of achievement on tests of their own chosing as requisite for membership. 3. Idiot-savant talent, or other, similar talents associated with various disorders which present themselves beyond the normative human condition. In this respect, we're talking about genius within the normal human realm. Definition of "genius" as pertaining to the topic of discussion: It could be the ability to play the piano by ear having heard one rendition thereof, just as it could be the ability to paint either a picture-perfect scene from a photograph, or a reasonably-perfect scene from memory. It might also be the ability to take that 1-in-10,000th photograph which moves both hearts and minds, time after time, even though you're taking such photographs every tenth picture. It might also be an innate ability to recognize and process a wide variety of disparate business information capable of evading numerical analysis, and come up with the right (or mostly right) solution for a corporate entity time after time. So, what this is: An opportunity to discuss what aspects of human cognitive function, whether how... biology (all neurotransmitters firing as they should) chemistry (any environmental enhancements or detractors) medical sciences (interrelation between biochem or psych services) social sciences (the way we learned or were raised as impacting our ability to perform) ...affects what we call "genius." Question 1: What, exactly, is genius? Please stay away from mention of IQ tests. Thanks. A personal aside: I called an old editor earlier this evening, pitching an article I thought he and his "co-people" might be interested in "fielding" (i.e. paying me to write). I received an interesting response. He said, "how is it that you could break into this rather cutthroat industry when you did, with somewhat minimal credentials in your field of expertise, yet wind up with a string of articles, some of them award-winning, but most of which remain out there in syndicated publication, and a few of which we have to keep online because they've now become mainstay's in our business?" Then he blew his stack. He said, "Hell! You don't even know our business!" I grew silent, but not for too long (I'm not a young fart), and asked, "Are my syndicated articles earning you more money than you paid me to write them?" Thank God I have an honest editor! He said, "Yes..." Then I asked, "And has there been anything in those articles to which you, your corporation's technical staff, or any other, have been able to raise any legitimate complaint?" Thank God I have an honest editor! He said, "No..." Then I asked, "And how much, precisely, have you and X made on what I wrote under contract for you? Is it worth more than ten times, net, what you paid me?" (after a few moments): "Yes" My response: Then John, I'd say we have a decent business relationship. I'm fully aware of the back office efforts required to turn my words into profits for your concern, but you're aware that, net, I'd like to share the wealth. Given our recession, if you'd like me to write for you, I'll make it worth your while, just 1/10x, to be exact. So! I'm now working on royalties, rather than contract. *** "What the heck is this?" You ask? Simply - it's a thread for those of us out there to help the rest of you attain the maximum of your potential. We can't supply you jobs, leads, or references. What we can do is to help you understand and navigate the currents involved with advancement, and help you avoid a few pitfalls along the way. PM me anytime. I'll not grant direct access or favor. Only resource, and never, ever, any of that of my own. But hey, that's just me. ***** So what's the true meaning of genius? I've seen many example, and many a circumstance. To be honest, I cannot yet define it. I can only recognize it when I see it. How about you? Again, please keep this away from the groupie stereotypes. Thanks.