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What makes a person a genius?
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idk i think those with common sense are geniuses

for real how many people have that


Not many.


Common sense is the least common sense, or so they say lol.
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A person's ability to adapt and solve problems.
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I've always believed a genius to be either someone with a vast amount of knowledge, or capable of thinking up interesting ideas that work.
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I've always believed a genius to be either someone with a vast amount of knowledge, or capable of thinking up interesting ideas that work.


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BLACKOUTMK2 wrote:

I've always believed a genius to be either someone with a vast amount of knowledge, or capable of thinking up interesting ideas that work.


What about making those ideas work? If all you can do is think of those ideas, you aren't much use. Make them happen.
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Being a genius is not so much about what you are but what people perceive you to be.
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unravelsslowly wrote:

Being a genius is not so much about what you are but what people perceive you to be.


Really?
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I think the word 'Genius' is thrown around too easily this days. In my opinion a genius would be someone like Newton, or Einstein. Not someone who is just really good at something, but a master, or way beyond a master.

Someone who can understand something so well, that is able to experiment and create new theories/ways to use what they 'understand'. And by saying this, I mean on a big scale. Think of Einstein's theory of relativity for example. To figure out something of that magnitude requires definitely a Genius, not just 'smart' or 'good' people.

Of course you can argue that people who excels at something not as huge, for example at sports, art etc are geniuses as well, but in my opinion they are just Professionals, someone who is above the average, and really good at what they do. But not Genius level.

This is just my humble opinion of course, and I hope I explained myself good enough to be understood. English is not my first language, so expressing my self this way tends to be difficult sometimes.
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Genius can come in a variety of packages, basically it would be a combination of intellectual and emotional adeptness. I stress the addition of emotional intelligence as without it you can't communicate.An example might be autistic savants people who can do amazing mathematical or other feats but can hold a conversation.
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I suppose "genius" is generally used to described someone who excels in a particular field (usually something intellectual but I guess it can be used for anything). I don't think a genius is any more special than anyone else or that genius is something you're born with, it usually just means that the person has worked hard and/or been in the right place at the right time to excel at something. I think anyone could be a genius but most people won't get the opportunity (or won't see their opportunity) and that's kind of necessary since genius is relative anyway. If we were all geniuses then none of us would be (well, unless we all found something different to be geniuses of I suppose).
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DesuMaiden wrote:


BLACKOUTMK2 wrote:

I've always believed a genius to be either someone with a vast amount of knowledge, or capable of thinking up interesting ideas that work.


What about making those ideas work? If all you can do is think of those ideas, you aren't much use. Make them happen.


Indeed, genius can be found in physical craft as well, but I wouldn't say you're not a genius for being able to put ideas on paper and leave the crafting to someone else. Someone who only thinks up the ideas can indeed be incredibly useful. For example, designers such as architects. They may design buildings and aid in the construction, but they certainly don't engage in much, if any physical labour. Without their design input there would be no building in the first place, quite the opposite of not being much use.
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I believe intellect is the most common determiner for what a genius is. I know that both my parents and several other family members hold IQs high enough to be recognized as geniuses, which isn't hard for me to believe, they are incredible at what they do. I personally have never bothered taking an IQ test, so I don't know where I fall on that scale, but I like to think I'm near or above my parents. Of course intellect is only one aspect of a person, but it affects all others, so I believe it to be one of the most important attributes. Aside from base intellect, I believe defining a genius becomes far more difficult as there is no scientifically precise definition. Does it only infer base skill? Does it recognize one who only attained skill through arduous labor? People have been dubbed geniuses by either standard. The term is so vague, relative, and subjective it's impossible to truly define who would be a genius and who wouldn't be.
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Darkalons wrote:

I think the word 'Genius' is thrown around too easily this days. In my opinion a genius would be someone like Newton, or Einstein. Not someone who is just really good at something, but a master, or way beyond a master.

Someone who can understand something so well, that is able to experiment and create new theories/ways to use what they 'understand'. And by saying this, I mean on a big scale. Think of Einstein's theory of relativity for example. To figure out something of that magnitude requires definitely a Genius, not just 'smart' or 'good' people.

Of course you can argue that people who excels at something not as huge, for example at sports, art etc are geniuses as well, but in my opinion they are just Professionals, someone who is above the average, and really good at what they do. But not Genius level.

This is just my humble opinion of course, and I hope I explained myself good enough to be understood. English is not my first language, so expressing my self this way tends to be difficult sometimes.



No okay. That makes sense though your comment.
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Posted 7/21/14
I'd assume cocaine. Being a frequent genius addict myself.
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