Claude Forthomme, Economist, Senior Editor Impakter Magazine
"Creative genius is a social verdict" you say and I agree. The examples you provide are convincing but counter-examples could be equally brought up, for example, the Warring States period in China. It was a highly productive time: Chinese culture was essentially born then (and stayed that way for some 2000 years - that's how successful it was) Yet, the "soil" was not conducive, on the contrary, intellectuals, far from being "recognized" had to flee persecution (to the next welcoming state). Political division and lack of recognition are at work here. How do you reconcile this with your theory?
Good point. I think the key words in your question, though, are “the next welcoming state.”Surely, these intellectuals were recognized by somebody, If not, we wouldn’t know about them today. It sounds like they were, in effect, intellectual refugees. History is wife with examples of these (including, of course, Einstein.)

A bit of turmoil is good for creativity. As Graham Greene once said of the Swiss, "Five hundred years of peace and stability and what have they brought the world? The cuckoo clock!" So "conducive" to creativity doesn't mean easy, and certainly not boring. I don't think all-out war is good for creativity (you don't see a lot of geniuses coming out of Syria today) but, as I said, a bit of turmoil (or a Cold War) is. I don't know for sure but suspect this was the case during the Warring States period in China.
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