Can Genius Be Taught?

Friday, January 11, 2008
Susan Polgar's father believed so.

Here she is explaining her thoughts to Seattleites at the Univ. of Washington Wednesday night.


truepeers said...

Reminds me of the story about J.S. Mill who, if IRCC, was taught by his father to become fluent in Greek and Latin by age 3.

I have a poor memory, at least in certain areas, like people's names - even sometimes with people who are very close to me i can have temporary blank outs - which holds me back in certain ways (thank God for Google and the web); but one compensates in others so that one is not incapable at certain intellectual tasks.

Who knows what many processes genius is composed of... no doubt training is often required - how to distinguish from self training? - but I doubt that just any brain can be taught two classical languages by age 3.