The lesser spotted genius

Scientific American:

Of course, not everyone is equally equipped to come up with such solutions. True creativity and genius depends on an unfiltered view of the world, one that is unconstrained by preconceptions and more open to novelty. In particular, a less conceptual and more literal way of thinking, one more typical of people with autism, can open the mind up to seeing details that most people miss. People with a more open mindset see visual elements in ways that enable them to create strikingly realistic drawings.


5 Responses to “The lesser spotted genius”

  1. ivan October 25, 2012 at 17:43 Permalink

    Scientific American should remove the ‘scientific’ from its name or change it to pseudo scientific. It ceased having much real scientific content in the 70s.

  2. James Higham October 25, 2012 at 19:00 Permalink

    Yes but then it could no longer perpetuate the myth, Ivan.

  3. Chuckles October 25, 2012 at 19:31 Permalink

    Ivan, I think these days it’s more usual to put the word ‘studies’ in the title?
    e.g. ‘media studies’.

    So perhaps ‘Scientific Studies American’?

  4. ivan October 25, 2012 at 20:52 Permalink

    It might be better to just call it American Studies then, Chuckles. We then don’t have to say what they are studies of – certainly not science.

  5. amfortas October 26, 2012 at 09:14 Permalink

    ‘An unfiltered view of the world’, eh? ‘Open to novelty’, eh? ‘Unconstrained by preconceptions’, eh? All the rubbish to just pour in and vomit out, eh? At least our Universities have not adopted this point of view. Everything is filtered through Critical Theory, Feminism, Marxism and whatever other drivel can be further dredged from the mucky swamps of lefty minds.

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