Are the Olympics A Model for Creating Geniuses? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

Everyone is obsessed with the Olympics right now, watching these geniuses push the boundaries of their field. Wait, did we say GENIUSES? Yes! We normally associate the word “genius” with intellectual accomplishments, but athletes are geniuses at pushing their bodies to new heights, making the impossibly difficult seem easy and effortless. While it might not seem like it, genius of any kind requires financial and cultural support. In a world where athletes are developed and celebrated, more so than scientists or artists, it makes sense that we turn to the Olympics as a model for fostering genius.

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Jonah Lehrer Article:
http://www.wired.com/magazine/2012/02/st_essay_genius/

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Pierre Feraux
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