Conceptualists and Experimentalists – Two Types of Genius

My new roommate, who shares my first name, subscribes to the Wired magazine. Nice magazine, really. I never thought I’d use visually stunning to describe a magazine, but it is that, and much more. There were very few articles that I skipped, and every one of the articles I read was interesting and thought provoking.

As an example, there was this article titled, “What kind of genius are you?“. So it appears that there are two kinds, the Conceptualists, and the Experimentalists. The early- and late-bloomers. The author, an economist, has made it his life’s work to study the phenomenon across diverse fields, like painting, literature, film-making and music. The results are clear — there are the Picassos and Mozarts, who do their best work early in their lives, and then there are the Cézannes and Beethovens, who take time to hone their technique, and bring out the best in themselves.

Long after they are dead, these things seem to matter very little, but I can see how the late bloomers must have been frustrated through much of their early lives, watching other, less-talented individuals surpass them in acclaim, and the later-life depression of the early-peakers — never able to rise again to their early productivity later in their lives.

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One Response to Conceptualists and Experimentalists – Two Types of Genius

  1. suruchi says:

    The early bloomers
    Paul McCartney has not written a hit song in years, and now spends much of his time painting. Bill Gates is now a respectable businessman and philanthropist, and is no longer a computer whiz kid. J.D. Salinger now lives as a total recluse and has not published anything in more than three decades. Orson Welles was a mere 26 when he wrote, produced, directed, and starred in Citizen Kane.