Hank Nuis, Retired Cabinetmaker
The places you mentioned as sources of genius also had the greatest schools at the time. Do you think it could have been the educational systems that brought forth genius?
Actually, I don't think it's true these places had the best schools at the time, That certainly wasn't the case in Renaissance Florence. And history is rife with examples of geniuses who were terrible students, from Leonardo da Vinci to Einstein. The creative genius is, by definition, rocking the status quo. To the extent that the educational system is rigidly moored to that status quo, there's going to be a clash. Ideally, the school system is fluid enough to accommodate new ideas (see Enlightenment Edinburgh) Continue reading...