Wednesday, January 31, 2018

What makes a great mind?

What makes a great mind?


We may not be the next Einstein or Stephen Hawkings but as individuals we are all unique in mind and in spirit. 
Traditional society defines a great mind as a genius as having the  highest level of intellectual or creative functioning possessed by a person of such capa- ability.
There are other areas of a great  mind such as creativeness, the ability to create or invent original content, art or products with ingenuity and ease.
According to wiki how  article a great mind develops as the person finds ways to make the brain active by "thinking, doing activities independently, being creative, learning a new language,not being emotional, and getting a good nights sleep"
Our minds are conditioned to function as normal because we rarely exercise our brains.  I read an article where it said that the majority of Americans don't read  a book and that they are reading below 12th grade level.  On the Internet there has been an increase of free classes whether it be language or coding classes many are free, in an attempt  to educate the population for jobs of the future.   It is up to fellow Americans to take advantage of these courses. 
There has been a debate of nature vs nurture or heredity vs environment  over what creates an individuals intelligence, drive or social class mobility. Is it that some are born intelligent and adaptable or can it be nurtured and learned in an environment that is conducive to learning.
According to Penguin Dictionary of psychology intelligence is broken into three categories,  concrete(crystalized), fluid(abstract), and non verbal.   Concrete is the absorption of hard facts.  Fluid is the ability to solve problems creatively.  Non verbal intelligence is the  ability to demonstrate intelligence through performance on tasks without speaking.
Intelligence is measured with IQ tests and is divided in to these three categories.  According to UnlimitedMastery.com by Nic Vaquez, there is an article named 8 habits of a great mind.  The author studied the habits and traits of geniuses like Einstein and Newton and he found the following;  that they were not easily discouraged, tried to improve themselves, measured progress against their own standards, they were risk takers, they were curious, they were passionate, and they wrote down their ideas.
In summary what makes a great mind is the constant improvement of the mind through education and creative thinking.
Great minds aren't born but they are created.  Anyone can have a great mind through hard work and learning.