What makes a genius? Perhaps someone who can memorize endless facts or sees the world in an entirely original way. Who are some people you would consider to be a genius? Perhaps Leonardo DaVinci, Mary Shelley, or Albert Einstein. Are geniuses born or are they made?

These are all questions my guest today has given considerable thought to. Craig Wright is Professor Emeritus of Music at Yale University, and during his professorship he developed a course called Exploring the Nature of Genius that has become quite popular among Yale's undergraduates. He has distilled his research for that course into his new book, "The Hidden Habits of Genius: Beyond Talent, IQ, and Grit - Unlocking the Secrets of Greatness." In this episode, Craig and I discuss exactly what a genius even is, explore some common misconceptions of genius, and talk about some notable geniuses throughout history.  

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