What is Genius?
Have you ever wondered what it is that makes a genius unique? What makes him or her stand out from the crowd? Is it the size of his/her brain, the way he or she was brought up, or is intelligence simply passed down from one generation to the next?
Before we take a look at exactly what genius is, let’s clear the air once and for all and find out some of the things genius definitely is NOT.
What Genius is NOT
Forget IQ tests, levels of education, how big your forehead is — genius has very little to do with any of these things.
You can’t inherit your intelligence from parents or grandparents, nor can you become intelligent simply by passing an exam or two. And even if your brain is the largest in the world, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll use it in a more intelligent way.
If you’re a well read person you might have a lot of knowledge on a variety of topics. You may even have a degree or diploma in your favorite subject. Each of these is a positive sign of the potential for intelligent thinking, showing that you have drive, determination, and the ability to reach certain goals.
… But it doesn’t make you a genius.
The One Specific Key to Genius
Modern neuroscience research has clearly identified at least one characteristic of genius level brains — and it is NOT something you are born with! What is that one thing? It’s something that was discovered years ago by researcher Marion Diamond — a brain thick with connections from one brain cell to another. And YES, this is a learned condition of the brain, not something you are born with. YOU CAN LEARN to think like a genius!
Posted by Jill Ammon-Wexler