Ali Scott delivers a powerful critique on Gladwell’s thoughts on genius.
Strong. Unique. Innovative. Creative. These are all adjectives used within the definition of a genius. These characteristics are identified at the individual level across all major research on the subject, but what if an individual genius was only a product of a genius group—does the individual genius even exist? I realize that this sounds absurd and abstract but after reading Malcolm Gladwell’s new book, Outliers, several book reviews and literature blogs, I have successfully decoded his complicated rhetoric. You can’t be a genius unless you come from a genius group. Genius is entirely the result of your environment—very little has to do with the individual. Basically, if you are a poor kid from the ghetto your probability of becoming a genius is nearly impossible—that is unless you get adopted by the Brad Pitt-Angelina Jolie pack and use nepotism and the opportunity for advanced education as a catalyst to genius.