On to a different topic. I came across a question in a survey and I actually had no idea how to answer it. The question was "Are you a genius?" Generally, I've always assumed the answer is a little obvious. You either are or you aren't. I've been told I'm a genius before, yet I I'm not so sure I'd actually consider myself one. Please note that I'm not trying to fish for compliments here. I'm just exploring something. I know that I'm smart and intelligent, but I find it hard to believe that I'd be a genius. I suppose it comes down to a definition of "genius". The definition in my head doesn't necessarily include me or the level that I'm at. When I think of a genius, I think of Albert Einstein, Steven Hawkings, Johann Sebastian Bach, Thomas Jefferson, etc. People who have bettered the world with their minds. I'm going to include a few other definitions here.
Here's what Dictionary.com says about "genius":
"1. an exceptional natural capacity of intellect, especially as shown in creative and original work in science, art, music, etc.: the genius of Mozart.
2. a person having such capacity.
3. a person having an extraordinarily high intelligence rating on a psychological test, as an IQ above 140.
4. natural ability or capacity; strong inclination: a special genius for leadership."
Here's what Wikipedia says about "genius":
"A genius is a person who successfully applies a previously unknown technique in the production of a work of art, science or calculation, or who masters and personalizes a known technique. A genius typically possesses great intelligence or remarkable abilities in a specific subject, or shows an exceptional natural capacity of intellect and/or ability, especially in the production of creative and original work, something that has never been seen or evaluated previously. Traits often associated with genius include strong individuality, imagination, uniqueness, and innovative drive.
The term may be applied to someone who is considered gifted in many subjects or in one subject.
Although the term 'genius' is sometimes used to denote the possession of a superior talent in any field, e.g. a particular sport or statesmanship, it has traditionally been understood to denote an exceptional natural capacity of intellect and creative originality in areas of art, literature, philosophy, music, language, science and mathematics."
I think the main problem for me is simply that my perspective is far too subjective to accurately answer the question. Maybe I am. Maybe I'm just normal. I just don't know.
Anyway, who/what do you think as "genius"?