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American Geniuses

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by HORNS, Jul 18, 2012.

  1. Baron

    Baron Well-Known Member

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    I think of Dylan as a literary artist, in an oral tradition like Homer. I think his body of work is certainly canonical, as much as Twain or Whitman or Fitzgerald.
     
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    Do you guys think there are any cinematic geniuses, individuals who have created masterpieces that are to be known and studied for centuries to come?
     
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    Cassavetes
     
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    This summary must be from a 2 minute visit to Wiki.
     
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    Really? I just read up on him and embarrassingly know nothing about him.
     
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    Jim Henson. Steven Spielberg. James Cameron. Stanley Kubrick.
     
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    That is who pops into my head but still doesn't belong in the pantheon of great artists. Maybe.
     
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    i think what this thread lacks, and what may be behind some of the disagreement here, is to adress the difference between genius and talent. are they the same or are they different? is supremely creative talent the same as intellectual genius? is artistic genius the same as intellectual genius?

    lebron james is certainly talented beyond what almost anyone else can achieve despite any amount of effort, but does that make him a genius? red auerbach was a motivator, coach and strategist extraordinaire, but within the realm of basketball, not science or economics. do either of these talents qualify these people as geniuses? the same can be said for musicians. hendrix was no doubt talented on a level beyond that of 99% of others. but for all i know he didnt know simple geometry. is he a genius?

    i dont know the answer to these questions, and maybe there is no answer, its all very subjective in my opinion. but i think they are important questions to ask within the context of this conversation.
     
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    in stitches is a genius.
     
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    That's from Wikipedia and I thought it was interesting.

    That said, one name that came to mind - not American, but still - was Luca Turin, who recently argued for a theory of smell based on molecular vibration as opposed to the currently-dominant shape theory. I thought the theory held water when I first read up on it, but smarter people than me are still having this argument and haven't capitulated so I guess it's not settled yet.
     
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    if only my friend, if only.
     
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