June 13, 2007

Genius - a thought for the day

Today I was talking with a friend about one of the "very smart" people at work and remembered what James Gleick said about that Genius, Richard P. Feynman. Gleick noted that Feynman was an incredibly bright person who made whoever he talked to think he or she was also an incredibly smart person who brought much to the conversation. So often we run into really smart people with the attitude that they are so much smarter than you and they make sure you know it. It's amazing how much smarter we are when we are around the former rather than the later.

Posted by Mary at June 13, 2007 06:50 AM | Miscellaneous | Technorati links |

Remember how you would feel after seeing/hearing President Bill Clinton speak or hold a press conference. It was like walking out of a great lecture in college. You were uplifted and felt smarter...and think of how you cringe when Jr. speaks or holds a press beating....I mean press conference.

Posted by: Jim DeRosa at June 13, 2007 08:47 AM

That's one of the things I admired about Dr. Feynman. He won a Nobel Prize and had one of the most successful careers anyone has had in a field that's full of geniuses. Yet he realized there was usually something everyone he met knew that he didn't. It's what made him so useful on the Challenger commission - he was willing to talk to the people who built the thing. Everyone else on the commission stayed in Washington and chatted with politicians.

Posted by: Cujo359 at June 13, 2007 10:36 AM