Genius is a label we give to people with exceptional levels of intellect. Is that intellect something we’re born with or part of our nurturing? Is someone smart, but then once they achieve accolades of excellence become a genius? Over the course of history people we consider geniuses have been exceptional at failing, learning from mistakes, and cross-pollinating insights from various domains. They work not for money or fame, but because they’re compelled to pursue a particular craft or interest; they’re compelled to solve problems, paint on canvas, or breathe life into an idea. If you’re someone who goes to CreativeMornings, this might sound like you, and perhaps you are a genius.
To break down how we identify genius in people, whether it can be measured, why it seems to be associated with just a few areas of knowledge and skills, how much of it is innate and how much acquired with effort, is Mano Singham.
Mano is the retired Director of CWRU’s University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) and Adjunct Associate Professor of Physics. He obtained his B.Sc. from the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in theoretical nuclear physics from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Learn more about Mano here.
Friday, August 18, 8:30am – 10:00am
Main Library, Eastman Reading Garden