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From Cleverness to Genius - 31oct21


What is it that separates

mere cleverness from genius?

Creativity;

which Einstein defined as intelligence at play.


And what then is it that separates

cleverness from creativity?

Rigidity.


Therefore, as a sculptor removes from the stone

all that is not the statue,

likewise the wise let-go of all rigidity.


Contrast the attitude of a high school physics teacher

with that of a post-doctoral fellow working at CERN.


The former is quite rigid in his certitude

whereas the latter is quite flexible

before all the myriad conundrums

that seem to defy all he had been taught.


Like Yoda

confronted with his errors

by Qui Gon Jinn.


May each of us

be less like the dogmatic high school teacher

and more like the CERN scientist:

vulnerable, and flexible, and open.

Let us conclude

with a simple

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