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Geniuses are Just Like Us

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  1. Dinner

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    Thought this article was interesting

    Geniuses are Just Like Us

    By Robin Lloyd, Special to LiveScience

    Everyone has heard of the mad scientist or the absent-minded professor. But a look at some of the ordinary and extraordinary imperfections of a few great minds reveals that geniuses are just like us.

    Albert Einstein, who came up with the theories of special and general relativity, enjoyed the company of other women while he was married. His second wife was his first cousin. He lived with her for five years before divorcing his first wife with whom he had a child before they were married.

    Charles Darwin, father of evolutionary theory, agonized as a single man over whether or not to marry at all. He drew up a list of pros and cons, saying a wife was “better than a dog anyhow ... but a terrible loss of time.” He married soon thereafter, his lifelong mate.

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    Richard Feynman, a Nobel prize-winning physicist who helped develop the atomic bomb and figure out the source of the shuttle Challenger explosion, visited strip clubs nearly daily near his home in California. He mainly worked on lectures and equations there.


    But for breaks, Feynman would watch the dancers and draw them. His wife, his third marriage by this time, was fine with this.

    Sigmund Freud, who revealed the psychology of the unconscious in his numerous writings and was generally a nice guy, got into intense verbal scraps with his male friends due to his unresolved feelings of omnipotence, according to John Simmons, author of “The Scientific 100” (Citadel Press, 2000).

    On the home front:

    Isaac Newton, who arrived at three laws of motion and a law of gravity that explained that the physical world was governed by mathematics, was reared by his grandmother after his father died and his mother remarried a man whom Newton loathed, Simmons writes.

    Newton had a tendency toward unnecessarily bitter and violent rages with his colleagues and friends, and he did some mid-life career hopping, including a lackluster stint in Parliament.

    Marie Curie, who discovered radioactivity, lived with her husband in a sparsely furnished apartment because she hated housework. While the couple did their research in a leaky shed, they had little money and would cheer themselves up by sitting next to the stove with a cup of hot tea. She later received two Nobel prizes.

    Paul Erdos, one of the 20th century’s greatest mathematicians and whose work laid the foundations for computer science, lived out of a suitcase and was a poor earner for most of his life. He said property was a nuisance and relied on the kindness of friends for food and clothing.

    What makes genius?

    Not convinced that geniuses are just like us? Simmons says the true similarity lies in how nurture meets nature.

    In other words, the talents that geniuses are born with, such as math, cognitive and creative skills, must be nurtured socially and economically in childhood or they die on the vine, with rare exceptions, Simmons told LiveScience.

    Same goes for “the rest of us” and our slightly less spectacular talents.

    “The scientific genius who grew up in grinding poverty is an exceedingly rare bird,” he said. “If it seems there was a great flowering of scientific genius out of Eastern Europe beginning in the late nineteenth century, it was due in large part to a developing middle class, a stable family life, and secular opportunities for both men and women."
     
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    "Just like us"? So when was the last time you worked on equations while at a strip club and willingly became homeless?
     
  3. Dinner

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    Just the name of the article buddy. Not really my opinion
     
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    navarre Proud Protestant

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    Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin- both British.

    Ah, the pride that seeps out of me.
     
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    That's not like "us". If by "us" you mean normal people/the majority, then it's far from "us". "Us" lives life focused on present pleasures, focused on being secure instead of growing, focused on comfort instead of risk, and focused on stability instead of experience.
    These people, while having to live human lives like the rest of us, decided to focus on greater things and ideas instead of focusing entirely on the present. They decided to see the world differently and thats what allowed them to move past the human experiences that distract everyone else.

    What is said by Simmons in the last paragraph makes complete sense. But the phrase of "just like us" doesn't at all.
     
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    People have only just figured out that they're human?
     

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