Beautiful Minds: The Enigma of Genius

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WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

Immanuel Kant, who coined the term genius in the 1700s, defined it as the rare capacity to independently understand concepts that would normally have to be taught by another person. Since then, the spectrum of abilities that we call genius has widened, but pivotal questions remain: What exactly is genius? Where do the remarkable abilities of genius come from? Is genius something that lives within all of us, or is it a categorically different way of seeing the world that is bestowed upon only a few? With the emergence of new imaging technologies and a fundamental shift in the understanding of how information is spread through our brains, we're beginning to find some answers. Join neuroscientists, psychologists, renowned thinkers, and special performers as they untangle the complicated nature of genius, creativity, and exceptionality. This program is part of the Big Ideas Series made possible with the support of the John Templeton Foundation.