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  1. Take Newton for example. He created a lot of interesting things, so he remained in the centuries. But his theories were refined, reworked, refined and corrected by hundreds of people. If we were to go back now to what Newton did, rejecting all this additional research, then society would degrade instantly. Of course, now every schoolchild is smarter than Newton (he is good in physics), so it is very difficult to talk about stupidity.

    The same is true in the literature. Brodsky is much stronger than Pushkin as a poet. But his life is not yet overgrown with legends associated with public teaching at school, so it seems to us that Pushkin was cooler. These are PR games , that's all. We live in the realm of mythological thinking, and the first law of mythological thinking says that everything that was significant was in the past.


  2. The genius of a contemporary can only be appreciated by modern geniuses, and there are few of them, and they are usually unpopular. And over time, the genius of an individual is supported by followers, followers and developers, and it is reflected in them, it becomes quite obvious.

  3. Time “filters out” unnecessary things.
    You can, of course, recognize a contemporary as a genius, if there are prerequisites,
    but time is still the most competent expert.
    A low overall level of education may also make it difficult to assess the significance of a discovery or invention.

  4. THE TECHNOLOGY “how to become great / brilliant and solve all your problems with it” was well known and successfully used in the past.

    TODAY, the standard-template education pipeline is aimed at producing standard-template education, and deviations are not welcome.

  5. Well, why so discourteous in relation to the geniuses of today..?)Our time on such stars is quite fruitful,another thing is that they are scattered in many areas of knowledge,except for the usual ones, which in previous centuries humanity did not observe.

    And, perhaps, not more brilliant, but … wiser, maybe…wiser than I…perhaps the genius of earlier times looks even sadder ,and sometimes even more fantastic, because over time, his legacy is layered with many ancient imprints of those who studied his achievements, life, wrote his biography, made films about him, and used his findings in their work …and so on.And we get a kind of concentrate, where the formative center is TALENT,and then there are layers of publications,arguments,various monographs,books about genius,and conclusions that he personally and in a terrible dream would not want to see… and the further away from the genius itself, the faster the number and thickness of these layers increases…which hides the person himself with his undoubted advantages.

    And … no, we are not stupid,but it is necessary to put someone on a pedestal of achievements, laid and laid in their foundation and in the very building of the human race for its benefit and prosperity…?)And we have done it,are doing it and will continue to do it,because humanity must know that it is not useless itself,it is inherently generations and generations of CREATORS, each of whom is potentially talented and also potentially brilliant… the main thing is that everyone should be able to develop these talents …well, or genius, it's like who gets lucky…)

  6. You can probably write a whole dissertation on this topic. I'll keep it short. To the best of my humble understanding, humanity… it's getting blunt. Please note that great names of philosophers, military leaders, poets, mathematicians and healers have come down to us from hoary antiquity, but-from the vast mass of the world's population-this is just a drop in the bucket, i.e. such giant minds were able to leave such a deep mark on history through the centuries that the modern world still looks back on their teachings, works and research. At a time when all other individuals remained nameless to us, i.e., nothing special deserved to be immortalized in the annals of history. But now we are not talking about them, but only about geniuses. What do we see in modern society? The days of geniuses are over, all “miracles” are put on stream and no one is surprised anymore. Yes-neither Archimedes, nor Cicero, nor Julius Caesar even dreamed of the grandiose achievements of our science and technology! But as far as I can see, they lived very well without them. But a modern person is a scientist or a military man, or a representative of any other profession from the XX1 century. would you be able to rise to their heights without having the foundation laid by the ancients, and faced with the need to start from scratch?! I doubt it! From all of the above, I conclude that, despite all the great progress, our contemporaries are losing ground. Where, I ask, is the new Michelangelo? Mozart? In general, I think my idea is clear. The question is very interesting, respect to the author.

  7. It depends on who the genius is for you.

    Most often a genius (genius – spirit) they call someone who sees the essence of things, and who is able to defend and implement his position, regardless of momentary trends, the generational mainstream.

    About such a person, indeed, years later they say: “But he already saw it then!.. We didn't understand – but he did!”

    All he knew was that everything that was happening was a repetition, in new settings and with new actors, of plays that had been played out long ago. But since he knew these plays, unlike most, he left the impression of a visionary. And everyone else thought that everything that was happening to them was new and interesting.

  8. Imagine that people were given the opportunity to revive the genius of the past, and they would have revived Hippocrates.
    So, if I had health problems and there was a choice between going to Hippocrates or to a good modern doctor, then I would choose a modern one.

    And you?

  9. The big one can be seen from afar) It is very difficult to assess the scale of what is happening here and now. Many geniuses died in poverty and disgrace, and only after many years did their works become recognized.�

    I think this is due to the idea of the” divine origin ” of genius. They were before, they will be later, these are special people who shine from within, are talented in everything, radiate kindness and an immense mind))) Great classics are people like everyone else, with their own human weaknesses and addictions..it's hard to recognize them in a crowd.�

    Recognition comes after enough time, when it is possible to compare what happened before and what happened after.

  10. I see two reasons:

    a) the set “all periods up to the present time” is much larger than “only the present time”, and therefore, at least statistically, the geniuses of the past outnumber

    b) history keeps only really outstanding people, so the” average quality level ” for the past is higher than for the present

  11. “It was better before”

    I will allow myself to disagree with you and explain why. Probably, in order to correctly answer your question, it would be worth asking you why the philosophers, artists, and musicians listed in the comment are the best, but for now we will work with what we have.

    In general, in order not to go into the wilds, it is easier to talk about progress in the scientific field and the geniuses who make up this progress, because it is much easier to objectively assess the benefits of scientific discovery than to justify the cultural value of musical works (for example), although I do not in any way detract from the merits of any of the The scientific revolution, which dates back to the Early Modern era, laid the foundations for modern science (Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, etc.). �Level:Legend). The discoveries and knowledge accumulated over the next few centuries made possible a qualitative leap in all spheres of humanity, which occurred several times – this is the scientific and technological revolution. What happened in the 20th century is unprecedented. We entered it on a steam train and were already halfway to the far side of the moon in space. Halfway through, we sent messages by telegraph and ordered long-distance calls. Now this is all solved with a single keystroke. In a post-industrial society, in the age of information, when it is infinitely expensive and costs nothing at the same time, you may not hear discoveries being made day after day, but you can certainly hear thousands of individuals saying with nostalgia that”it used to be better”. Just 15 years ago, we were forced to return home to take a call or make it ourselves, but today you have so much information at your fingertips that you will not be able to perceive even in 10 lifetimes. It is someone who creates, improves, improves and moves forward. Quantum teleportation, Higgs bosons, biomechanical devices and artificial limbs controlled by the effort of thought… We observe galaxies 30 billion light-years away and particles smaller than an electron. We can say that we are living in a process of constant revolution. Simply, progress is impersonal if you are not interested in it purposefully. How many Nobel laureates have you known in the last 5 years? And there aren't many of them. One day all these discoveries will also be accumulated and generate a new hyper-jump, and who knows, maybe teleportation will become as common as a call from Chelyabinsk to New York-fast, ordinary and free. And someone will say: “Why does human genius live only in the past?”))

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