Originally Posted by oceantracks
If a tree falls in the woods.....etc....
I certainly think that anyone who takes the position that the talents possessed by some of the folks we have mentioned "isn't unique" is coming from ...well, a unique place indeed!
One thing you brought up though is a really fascinating subject to me, and that is, why this insane burst of "genius" seems to be short lived in many cases, or even most cases.
Why doesn't Paul write the equivalent of "Yesterday" more often (or at all)? What happened to Jim Webb? To Paul Simon? etc...
It is as if artists are given a small window to burst upon the scene with gifts that keep on giving forever, but those same people ebb back into the normal (or sub normal) level afterwards never to recover the brilliance of their earlier output. It's not like they are old and tired...many are all still at it with a vengeance.
So what happens? Does the ever changing environment as they grow change the input they receive to the point where it affects what comes out? Why isn't a new "Satisfaction" on the new Stones album? Is such creativity only a product of youth?
You should really look into reading some neuroscience / cognitive development studies /books and look at the importance and process of children developing an identity of the self (and in particular, what that particular framework consists of). The ramifications of a public consciousness that understood how scientists view education not just in the institutional sense, but the biological sense, would dramatically change the culture we live in. Our brains and bodies are physically identical to what they were 15,000 years ago; nurture (not nature) is truly an incredible thing.