Genius

Genius
   1) A High Rate of Original Thinking Characterizes the Life of the Inventive Genius
   The biography of the inventive genius commonly records a lifetime of original thinking, though only a few ideas survive and are remembered to fame. Voluminous productivity is the rule and not the exception among the individuals who have made some noteworthy contribution. (Barron, 1963, p. 139)
   2) The Idea of the Genius and Its Origins
   The genius was, I suggest, in origin the Roman analogue to the psyche as here explained, the life-spirit active in procreation, dissociated from and external to the conscious self that is central in the chest. This will explain many facts not hitherto accounted for. The genius was believed to assume the form of a snake, as was the psyche. The psyche was believed to be in the head. . . .
   Not only was his genius thus apparently liable to intervene or take possession of a man but we shall also see reason to believe that it was, in the time of Platus, thought to enjoy knowledge beyond what was enjoyed by the conscious self and to give the latter warning of impending events. . . . The idea of the genius seems to have served in great part as does the twentieth-century concept of an "unconscious mind," influencing a man's life and actions apart from or even despite his conscious mind. It is now possible to trace the origin of our idiom that a man "has" or "has not" genius, meaning that he possesses or does not possess a native source of inspiration beyond ordinary intelligence. (Onians, 1954, p. 129)

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  • Genius — Gen ius, n.; pl. E. {Geniuses}; in sense 1, L. {Genii}. [L. genius, prop., the superior or divine nature which is innate in everything, the spirit, the tutelar deity or genius of a person or place, taste, talent, genius, from genere, gignere, to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Genius — des Kaisers Domitian mit Füllhorn und Aigis. Kapitolinisches Museum, Rom Der Genius (pl. Genien oder lateinisch Genii) war in der römischen Religion der persönliche Schutzgeist eines Mannes und Ausdruck seiner Persönlichkeit, seiner… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • GENIUS — Dicebatur Naturae deus apud vett. et qui omnium rerum gignendarum vim haberet, unde cuiusque rei dicebatur suus genius. Accipitur aliquando proipsa natura. Quidam ipsam animam, vel Deum, vel Spiritum esse volunt, qui mortales ad voluptatem… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Genius — Live with ideas ( Vive con ideas ) Fundación 3 de noviembre de 1983 Sede Taipéi, Taiwan Administración Portavoz : Shih …   Wikipedia Español

  • Genius — Тип Публичная компания …   Википедия

  • Genius — {{Genius}} Personifikation der in einem Mann wirksamen physischen und psychischen »Kraft«, später als eine Art Schutzgeist aufgefaßt. Man schwor bei seinem eigenen Genius oder dem eines Mächtigen, zum Beispiel dem des Kaisers. »So wahr ich will,… …   Who's who in der antiken Mythologie

  • Genius — »Schutzgeist«: Der Ausdruck aus der römischen Religion und Mythologie wurde im 16. Jh. übernommen. Lat. genius ist wohl eine lat. Bildung zum Verb gignere (genere) »hervorbringen, erzeugen« (vgl. ↑ Genus) und bedeutet eigentlich »Erzeuger«. Als… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • Genius — Genius,der:1.⇨Genie(1)–2.⇨Genialität Genius→Genie …   Das Wörterbuch der Synonyme

  • genius — late 14c., tutelary god (classical or pagan), from L. genius guardian deity or spirit which watches over each person from birth; spirit, incarnation, wit, talent; also prophetic skill, originally generative power, from root of gignere beget,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • genius — [jēn′yəs; ] also, esp. for 1 2, [jē′nē əs] n. pl. for 3 6, geniuses; for 1 & 2, genii [jē′nē ī΄] [L, guardian spirit, natural ability, genius < base of genere, gignere, to produce: see GENUS] 1. a) [often G ] according to ancient Roman belief …   English World dictionary

  • Genĭus — Genĭus, 1) (Schutzgeist), in der Etruskischen Mythologie der Gott der allgemeinen Erzeugungskraft. Der G. war ein Sohn der Götter u. Erzeuger der Menschen, insofern Tina, der Seelenvater, durch G. zur Erzeugung entwickelt u. hauptsächlich die… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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