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The Genius Checklist: Nine Paradoxical Tips on How You Can Become a Creative Genius

  title={The Genius Checklist: Nine Paradoxical Tips on How You Can Become a Creative Genius},
  author={Dean Keith Simonton},
Not long ago I published a speculative essay in Nature about whether genius had become obsolete in the natural sciences (Simonton, 2013a). My email inbox was soon inundated with reactions both positive and negative. In the latter category were irate emails from “neglected geniuses.” A typical example was someone who claimed to have completely overturned Einstein’s physics, but who was still waiting impatiently for a call from Stockholm to schedule the Nobel Prize ceremony. The person couldn’t… 

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