Peter reflects on his reading of the Irreducible Mind, and the subject of Genius.
‘Perspicacity’ by René Magritte (adapted from Magritte by Marcel Paquet in the Taschen Edition)
‘Beauty is truth, truth beauty, — that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.’
John Keats – Ode on a Grecian Urn
Having now finished my first complete reading of Irreducible Mind, I would like to tackle, in two stages, the subject of genius as the book presents Myers’s version.
The first stage is to look at why we should believe something special is going on, and the second stage will be to look at why we might entertain the idea that the work of genius comes from a transcendent process. It is in this second part that I will return to at least some of the evolutionary implications that an earlier post touched upon.
The Trap of Methodolatry
The first key issue to note is that the reduction of genius to creativity…
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