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Category: Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions
Level: Grade 9
Author: szeiger
Created: a year ago

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Leonardo Da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa. Marie Curie discovered radiation. Albert Einstein introduced the theory of relativity. What do these brilliant individuals have in common? That's just it: they were all brilliant. In fact, they were so brilliant that people often call them geniuses. How can we define a genius? Is there a distinction between true genius and just really intelligent people? What makes a genius so special? Through a close examination of the life and thinking pattern of a genius, these questions can be answered.

The simplest definition of a genius is "a person who is exceptionally intelligent or creative." Yet, many psychologists are not satisfied with that definition. Instead, they like to say that the transformation of humanity is a necessary product of a genius. This means that humanity's perspective or way of life is changed as a result of the work of a genius. Da Vinci, Curie, and Einstein all prove this point.

For instance, Da Vinci's art has made, and still makes, a considerable impact on the art world. Curie made the world aware of the invisible forces of radiation. That knowledge is still being developed today. Einstein presented a theory that changed our understanding of physics. Without their contributions to society, societal and scientific views would be quite different than they are today. Thus, geniuses are not only smart; they make an impact on the world too.

Knowing how a genius is defined also helps us recognize the difference between a genius and an intelligent person. While it is common for many geniuses to have high IQs, IQ is not the only indicator of genius. Psychologists like to emphasize the idea that a genius possess a unique combination of many qualities. Even if you have a strong intellect, you may not possess the same uniqueness demonstrated in a genius. The qualities that make a genius unique cover far more than their IQ. Their work ethic, personal interests, and personality also aid in establishing their genius. Da Vinci, for instance, possessed interests in architecture, mathematics, sculpting, painting, science, and more. He was naturally curious and applied his knowledge on a variety of subjects to his work. This made him both open-minded and imaginative. One might argue that this is why he produced such remarkable inventions, architectural designs, and works of art. Perhaps without these qualities he would have never been recognized as a genius.

Yet, the quality that makes a genius particularly special is the thinking process of a genius. Geniuses think productively rather than reproductively. This means that when confronting a problem, a genius attempts to think up all possible ways of solving it. A genius acts with the belief that there are infinite possibilities to every scenario. Non-geniuses would solve a problem by applying what they already know or have been taught concerning the problem in the past. Therefore, geniuses are spectacular in their approach to problems because they come up with questions non-geniuses would never think to ask. They pursue problems in an entirely original and, often times, unconventional way.

Ultimately, geniuses are unique due to their remarkable ability to think creatively. They act as if they live in a world of unlimited possibilities and are capable of seeing those possibilities. Due to these traits, geniuses can help change the world. They are exceptionally creative and distinguish themselves from the world around them. It's no wonder that geniuses are considered to be a rare commodity in the world today.

Grade 9 Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions

A person notices that kids often wander away from the playground. This person develops a system that places an invisible barrier around the playground and uses sensors to alert parents when a child wanders out of the given area. This helps improve safety at the playground and helps parents keep an eye on their children.

Based on the article, this person has the makings of a genius.
  1. True
  2. False
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