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p. 11510. Genius and uslocked

  • Andrew Robinson

Abstract

‘Genius and us’ shows that in the early 21st century, talent appears to be on the increase, genius on the decrease. Where is the Darwin or the Einstein, the Mozart or the Beethoven, the Chekhov or the Shaw, the Cézanne or the Picasso or the Cartier-Bresson of today? If ‘genius’ requires breadth of knowledge, a synoptic vision — as it seems to — then it would appear to become harder to achieve as knowledge advances. The ever-increasing professionalization and specialization of education and domains, especially in the sciences, is undeniable. The breadth of experience that feeds genius is harder to achieve today than in the 19th century, if not downright impossible.

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