[SIGCIS-Members] Debunking the myth of individual genius

MICHAEL SCROGGINS mscroggins at ucla.edu
Sat Oct 24 17:33:49 PDT 2020


Hello,

Ray McDermott's work on genius may also be of interest:

McDermott, Ray. 2006. “Situating Genius.” Counterpoints 249: 285–302.
Mcdermott, Ray. 2004. “Materials for a Confrontation with Genius as a
Personal Identity.” Ethos 32 (2): 278–88.

Best,
Michael Scroggins




On Thu, Oct 22, 2020 at 8:43 AM Barbara B Walker <bbwalker at unr.edu> wrote:

> Hi, everybody,
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> Hope everyone is safe and well.
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> Here is an article on the importance of looking beyond the mythologies and
> cults of genius in the history of science and tech.
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> https://undark.org/2020/10/22/the-fiction-of-individual-genius/
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> However, I would argue that in computer history as everywhere else in the
> history of science and tech, debunking is not enough – we must understand
> the reasons, cultures and process of cult-formation and myth-making that
> plays such an influential role in our understanding of the past. That’s
> something I’m exploring in an article on John von Neumann that I recently
> submitted for publication review (“Creation Myths”). Am also looking at the
> formation of political personality cults in a seminar I am teaching this
> semester.
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> Barbara Walker
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> Barbara Walker
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> Associate Professor
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> Department of History/308
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> University of Nevada, Reno
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> Reno NV 89557
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