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My own personal genius?

Asked by ebenezer (1457points) July 22nd, 2008 from iPhone

is there anyone that is not commonly considered a genious that you are baffled that they do(did) what they do(did)?
Mine tend to be musicians but I will withhold.

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cheebdragon's avatar

Wait, what are you asking?

shilolo's avatar

Personally, I think the word genius is thrown around way too loosely. I can only think of a handful of geniuses of the 20th century, including Einstein, Picasso, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, and of course, George W. Bush. Ok, I was kidding about the last one.

ebenezer's avatar

shilolo- sorry for throwing words around. I know they can be dangerous and confusing. However I meant it as a personal thing.

cheebdragon's avatar

how can a genius be a personal thing?

Dog's avatar

So you are referring to a “common” person- not famous?

ebenezer's avatar

dog- yes (non-geniuses)

cheebdragon's avatar

a genius is a genius regardless of how famous someone is…

Dog's avatar

Genius in the regard that they have an ability that I feel is exceptional:

My brother in law can solve a Rubik’s Cube in under 10 minutes. I can do that too except sometimes I rip the stickers when moving them.

ebenezer's avatar

Cheebdragon- an apple is an apple, a horse is a horse, is there anyway to be creative with the question?

aaronou's avatar

I finished my times table test in under a minute in 3rd grade. Does that qualify me?

shilolo's avatar

Ebenezer, perhaps if you had said, “Is there anyone you think has an exceptional talent or ability that wouldn’t or hasn’t been considered a “genius” in the common sense?” that would have made more sense. I can’t think of any personal geniuses, but I can think of some people that I admire for their abilities, if that is what you mean. And I said that it was thrown around to loosely, because, as one example, I almost lose my mind when sports commentators describe coaches and managers as “offensive or defensive geniuses”.

ebenezer's avatar

shilolo- I agree. I think I missed my point. But, on the other hand, your word ‘genius’ may still have some fight left in it yet.

ebenezer's avatar

I retract my question on grounds of utter confusion.

tinyfaery's avatar

Is that like a personal Jesus? Hee hee! I just had to.

ebenezer's avatar

tinyfaery- yes

tinyfaery's avatar

No. I’m too critical and unforgiving for one of those.

sndfreQ's avatar

translators

…and Depeche Mode

cheebdragon's avatar

I ♥ Depeche Mode & SndfreQ

flameboi's avatar

one more vote to depeche mode :) (I know is not a poll, but…)

girlofscience's avatar

“If you were to ask me to name three geniuses, I probably wouldn’t say, ‘Einstein, Newton…’ I’d go, ‘Milligan, Cleese, Everett. Sessions.”

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