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What Is Genius?

Yesterday we discovered a biological mechanism in the brain which may play a key role in genius potential. In today’s clip, Brian Greene poses the question, “What do we mean by genius?” The capacity for genius relies heavily on how it is defined. Being a genius is different when everybody has the potential to be one. Similarly, would those same people who were considered geniuses under the old definition be intellectually demoted? Dean Keith Simonton takes us on a historical tour of its ever-changing meaning. From its humble beginnings as a measure of potential we all have within us, to a solely artistic talent gift—as described by Immanuel Kant—to a testable measure of intelligence governed by the IQ score.

But can something that transcends the status quo really be defined within the limits of it?