The anonymous genius experiment

There is an extraordinarily sad story on the Washington post, that I discovered just today. It’s about a world-class violonist playing anonymously, posing as a street musician. And despite the quality of the music, practically nobody notices.

I believe that the same is true for art as for other fields like science. Only a very small percentage of people will notice anything unusual. The majority will simply ignore it, or worse yet, very actively despise it.

What conclusion can we draw of this experiment? Based on my own experience, I think that there is a rather large body of folks who are really very smart, but not recognized for various reasons. One can be that their environment, like the folks passing by the violonist, simply does not care. Another can be that the brilliance is hidden behind the quirks. If only we could unleash all this unexploited talent…

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