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What Makes a Genius?


The May 2017 issue of National Geographic features an in-depth look at What Makes a Genius. Author Claudia Kalb and photographer Paolo Woods bring us examples of genius, from Leonardo da Vinci to jazz pianist Keith Jarrett, with an overview of the scientific research into what makes those kinds of people different from the rest of us. Continue reading to see a preview.
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Genius is a ridiculously overused word. People discussing an Italian restaurant will say that their lasagne is genius.

A few months ago, one of the most powerful men in Hollywood told me that something I had written was masterful. Now there is a word you don't hear often, especially from people who are extremely accomplished.
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