Just for fun: Genius is…


What’s missing? What would you add?

  • “There’s a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.” -Oscar Levant
  • “Genius is nothing more nor less than childhood recaptured at will.” -Charles Baudelaire
  • “No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness.” -Aristotle
  • “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.” -E.F. Schumacher
  • Tweet this! “The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.” -Oscar Wilde
  • “But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.” – Carl Sagan
  • “The true genius shudders at incompleteness — imperfection — and usually prefers silence to saying the something which is not everything that should be said.” -Edgar Allan Poe
  • Tweet this! “Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius.” -Arthur Conan Doyle
  • “Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.” -Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

My research interest has focused primarily on Creativity, what it is, and how it is related to society, education, and other aspects of life including intelligence. In 2005, I conducted and published a meta-analysis study synthesizing studies that were published between 1965 and 2005 regarding the relationship between creativity and intelligence. My results show that there is a negligible relationship between the two, meaning that even without high IQ we can still be creative as long as we have the ability to master knowledge and skills in one specific domain.

Further, I wanted to know more about the relationship between creativity and intelligence regarding changes over time. The famous Flynn Effect had shown us that IQ had increased worldwide, so I was curious if there was a similar trend in creativity scores. If creativity and intelligence are the same thing, then creativity would have increased, too.

I used the scores from the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking (TTCT)-Figural. The TTCT is a creativity test, not a divergent thinking test, and it has been translated to almost 40 different languages in the world. It is the most widely used and researched creativity test and the most reliable and valid creativity test among those currently available. It was developed in the 1950s by E. Paul Torrance, who is referred as “the Father of Creativity.” The TTCT has been updated six times since then. The scores measure creativity, and also how the test subject is creative, and identify strengths and weaknesses in creative thinking and creative attitudes.
My test sample included a total of 272,599 TTCT scores from Kindergartners though adults including: 3,150 from 1966; 19,111 from 1974; 37,814 from 1984; 88,355 from 1990; 54,151 from 1998; and 70,018 from 2008. These participants represent all regions of the United States over time. I also used the scores of participants from Canada.

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Career analyst Dan Pink makes a case and examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward.


Daniel Pinks Surprising Science of Motivation Transcript

I need to make a confession at the outset here. A little over 20 years ago I did something that I regret, something that I’m not particularly proud of, something that, in many ways, I wish no one would ever know, but here I feel kind of obliged to reveal. (Laughter) In the late 1980s, in a moment of youthful indiscretion, I went to law school. (Laughter)


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The Creativity Crisis-The Decrease in Creative Thinking Scores on the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking The Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking (TTCT) was developed in 1966 and renormed five times: in 1974, 1984, 1990, 1998, and 2008.

Research Population & Sample Size

The total sample for all six normative samples included 272,599 kindergarten through 12th grade students and adults.

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