What is genius? Is it a myth or a reality, an absolute or a relative designation? Who is and who is not a genius? Should we consider Elon Musk a genius? What about Bill Belichick? Dolly Parton and Kanye West? How do we decide? How do gender, race, and even time and place factor into our consideration? What is the difference between genius and success, and between genius and celebrity? As to what empowers genius: Yes, we think of geniuses as being hugely smart. But what does it mean to be “smart?” Could “smart” be overrated? What about imagination, hard work, persistence, self-confidence, and curiosity, and even luck, good and bad? Genius can be said to be the perfect storm of many personal traits, but which ones and in what proportions. Finally, how can we learn from the geniuses, by embracing their good habits and avoiding the bad? The answers may surprise you.
These and other questions will be discussed with Craig Wright, Henry L. and Lucy G. Moses Professor of Music Emeritus, inspired by his popular Yale undergraduate course as well as his recently published book, The Hidden Habits of Genius: Beyond Talent, IQ, and Grit–Unlocking the Secrets of Greatness.
If you wish to learn more about the nature of genius in advance of Craig Wright's presentation: