Are geniuses born or made? And what is genius? I am a cognitive psychologist who used to specialize in giftedness and child prodigies during my university education. I left the field for a business career but came back to this question when my first child was born. The more I read about talent and early learning, the more I realised the views of giftedness and achievement portrayed in the media and even by so-called experts are full of myths and stereotypes. This blog shares tools and research surrounding this question, filled with a lot of real life experience from raising my now two little daughters.

When you read the title Genius Experiment, you might think this is another of these “make your child a genius” or “boost your IQ” sites, but I want to be much more than that. The subtitle is “developing talent, nurturing the soul” and that latter part is extremely important to me. I have no interest in my children performing impressive tasks for the public like monkeys or robots and I see no benefit in them being geniuses if they’re not happy. My happiest moments are always when I hear and see my children laughing and smiling. For me, true genius comes from the heart and the soul, and no-one can compete with those who do what they really love. So you will see I try to share many ways of integrating early learning at home while providing a happy, gentle, loving home environment. I talk a lot of my daughters on this site but for now you won’t see pictures or videos of them – unfortunately! I just don’t feel comfortable with that yet, even though I know it could make many posts so much more powerful. Maybe one day I change my mind, but for now just know that they are two wild, happy and fascinating little human beings who I hope will make the world a better place.

I draw on many influences in my views on child rearing and education. The biggest influence has always been humanist philosophy that sees each human being as worthy of the same respect and love and to treat even newborns and children not as senseless or naughty or spoilt creatures but as equal human beings worthy to be heard. My favourite humanist motto is” I am human, nothing human is alien to me”. Moving from the ancient Romans to the 20th century, Maria Montessori captured the unique traits of children very well, and her ideas for capturing this uniqueness rather than trying to mould the children according to our view have had a big influence on me. Recently, I’ve discovered Glenn Doman and the early learning community and I strongly believe in the unlimited powers of children, as long as they are nurtured. I’m also intrigued by Makoto Shichida‘s ideas of right brain education, which emphasises development of the heart and soul as the basis for any education.

Do you want to keep in touch and find out more about the Genius Experiment?

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Coen October 28, 2016 at 3:15 AM

I am doing research for a paper that I am writing for an Advanced Placement class. I was wondering if you would be willing to give me your last name so that I could properly cite this website as a source so that I would be giving your blog the credit that it deserves and that you are entitled to. If you wish that I not use your information that is okay as well, or if you prefer not to give your name that would be alright as well, if you could please get back to me as soon as possible I would greatly appreciate it.


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