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Thin line between genius and madness discuss

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 16, 2006
  • 07:22 PM

Do you have to cross the line to know where it is?

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  • Nope, only other people can judge that. This is kind of an example of catch-22.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 14, 2006
    • 03:23 PM
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  • Given that "genius" only refers to a certain IQ, I'd say there isn't really a "line" to cross. You either have a high IQ with some sort of neurological/psychological issue, or you don't. Genius does not = mad, and madness does not = genius. That's just a common cliche.
    eleven 55 Replies
    • December 14, 2006
    • 07:06 PM
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  • There is a very thin line, but only in some exceptional cases can we see it. Take the so called 'idiot savants'. There is a boy, (man if you consider 20-something old enough), who calculates numbers so fast that not even he knows he's thinking about it. I believe this is the same boy who recited 2000 digits of pi. He also has autism. I guess that could be considered mad. Also if some one is way to intelligents, like exceeding what is even considered possible, they could be driven insane by the vast wealth of their knowledge. Side note: Why is stating that one is a genius such a looked-down-upon thing even if you have the evidence to back it up? It's like the whole western world hates people who are better in some way than them. And just cause you are intelligent doesn't mean you're smart. I'm myself am considered to be dumb by my peers because I do not posses bits of common knowledge everyone else seems to know. That could, however, just be me.
    WhiskeyClone 5 Replies Flag this Response
  • being clever really does not matter much.it is not that valuable to an individual or a society.if you are not clever you can always take advice from someone who is .but if you are unkind,self absorbed,,dismissive of the needs or others,resentful that you dont get the special treatment that you feel you deserve,the only help for you must come from inside yourself.it is your moral stature which really matters,old chum,and dont you forget it.diagnosis does not matter.action in this world to ease the suffering of those less fortunate than you:that is what matters.you are not ready for me to talk to you about your capacity to love,but that is what would come next.start with small acts of kindness.forget about being clever,old chap, and join in the human project.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • actually there are no thin line or eny other line between genius and madness simply because ''no body crossed it'' . that imaginary line developed because of that certain traits they share.In a matter of fact they are as far as it can be from each other
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 25, 2009
    • 01:31 AM
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