Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Developing Our Brightest Minds

An article in Science Daily on Developing Our Brightest Minds: "Who will be the next Albert Einstein? The next Stephen Hawking? A new report from Vanderbilt University reveals the complex mix of factors that create these intellectual leaders: cognitive abilities, educational opportunities, investigative interests and old-fashioned hard work." link

In spite of all the research, I believe key factors were sorely missing from the report: creativity and imagination. Perhaps creativity and imagination are correlated with intelligence to some extent, but in my experience they're hardly correlated perfectly. I think the greatest scientists have not only been extremely intelligent but also extremely imaginative and creative.

Intelligence can take something that exists and understand it.
Creativity can imagine something that doesn't exist and create it.
When the two are married, truly great things can happen.


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