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How close is genius to insanity?

 
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Take the case of Bobby Fischer - read this illuminating article: Bobby Fischer's Pathetic Endgame.
Makes me ruminate. I think when you are a genius, you are on the brink. Just a step from chaos. Scary, huh?
 
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Comes from not having enough peers and mentors on you level to keep you in line.
 
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Depends on your definitions, I suppose. If insanity is the condition of drifting too far from the nucleus of our shared perceptions of the world, that's one thing. I usually think of genius as the condition of encompassing those perceptions and seeing the rules that govern them.
That makes it hard for people who "stick close to the center" to see what a genius is about. For people living in a three-dimensional perspective, for example, the notion of a center is fixed; in four dimensions, the very idea of centricity has merit in certain cases, but is not an concrete condition for assessing reality.
Perhaps what I mean is: insanity is the condition of losing touch with the rest of us, or being incapable of making contact; genius might be the condition of a pure connection with one or more aspects of reality, in which the difference between genius and the rest of us becomes too great for the genius to bear, and so lose touch.
It's Friday, I got sourdough toast and good coffee for breakfast, plus going to see the new Harry Potter movie this weekend -- hence, my cynical filter is a little slow. Otherwise I might have said it's really all of us stupid people that make it hard for some geniuses to keep with us.
 
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Whatever the difference is, just make sure you know java enough.

Originally posted by Michael Ernest:
Depends on your definitions, I suppose. If insanity is the condition of drifting too far from the nucleus of our shared perceptions of the world, that's one thing. I usually think of genius as the condition of encompassing those perceptions and seeing the rules that govern them.
That makes it hard for people who "stick close to the center" to see what a genius is about. For people living in a three-dimensional perspective, for example, the notion of a center is fixed; in four dimensions, the very idea of centricity has merit in certain cases, but is not an concrete condition for assessing reality.
Perhaps what I mean is: insanity is the condition of losing touch with the rest of us, or being incapable of making contact; genius might be the condition of a pure connection with one or more aspects of reality, in which the difference between genius and the rest of us becomes too great for the genius to bear, and so lose touch.
It's Friday, I got sourdough toast and good coffee for breakfast, plus going to see the new Harry Potter movie this weekend -- hence, my cynical filter is a little slow. Otherwise I might have said it's really all of us stupid people that make it hard for some geniuses to keep with us.


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And back to work, NOW!

Originally posted by Michael Ernest:
Depends on your definitions, I suppose. If insanity is the condition of drifting too far from the nucleus of our shared perceptions of the world, that's one thing. I usually think of genius as the condition of encompassing those perceptions and seeing the rules that govern them.
That makes it hard for people who "stick close to the center" to see what a genius is about. For people living in a three-dimensional perspective, for example, the notion of a center is fixed; in four dimensions, the very idea of centricity has merit in certain cases, but is not an concrete condition for assessing reality.
Perhaps what I mean is: insanity is the condition of losing touch with the rest of us, or being incapable of making contact; genius might be the condition of a pure connection with one or more aspects of reality, in which the difference between genius and the rest of us becomes too great for the genius to bear, and so lose touch.
It's Friday, I got sourdough toast and good coffee for breakfast, plus going to see the new Harry Potter movie this weekend -- hence, my cynical filter is a little slow. Otherwise I might have said it's really all of us stupid people that make it hard for some geniuses to keep with us.

 
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The Devil, Beelzebub, Java Greenhorn, Florida Voter....so many names.
 
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Originally posted by Michael Ernest:

That makes it hard for people who "stick close to the center" to see what a genius is about. For people living in a three-dimensional perspective, for example, the notion of a center is fixed; in four dimensions, the very idea of centricity has merit in certain cases, but is not an concrete condition for assessing reality.


I want to go out on a limb but its only because I want to learn more. If this sounds completely stupid, please tell me so. Isn't the "center" of 3D a point of equilibrium at least in the manner that you described it? Maybe when plotting a 3d point it can be described as the equilibrium of a description of space but when we are talking about a center it is as an "average" common sense, the equilibrium of force of a statistical population that defines a majority sense. In my own words is that what you had said?
But when we employ 4D how is it that there is not a 4D equilibrium? Or a 5D? Is this mathematically proven that there is no "center"-like concept? By the way do you read about polytopes? Coxeter? I'm just curious to know, because I am interested but I have not read much of anything.
BTW, H.G. Wells made that suggestion that 4D is time but I don't know if is adopted or rejected by physics as such.
 
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Sorry that was off topic.
That article is in this month's Atlantic Monthly. So is an article about the cult of genius.
 
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Hmf. Having read the article on Fischer, I'm not very much impressed with Rene Chun, the writer. I presume the accuracy of his facts are not in question, but I wonder how hard it is to judge someone like Bobby Fischer, who clearly has gone off the deep end. Ok, Bobby Fischer is sad. Four words.
It would be more interesting reading if the writer were fascinated with Fischer's fall instead of being merely repulsed by it.
 
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Bobby Fischer has been swindled out of a "vast fortune" in royalties by book publishers, movie studios, and clock manufacturers (yes, clock manufacturers), who have brazenly pilfered his brand name, patents, and copyrights.


that part is probably true
 
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