James Poniewozik details the nation of Stephen Colbert ‘genius’ in the creation and evolution of “Stephen Colbert” the character, in ‘TIME Secrets of Genius: Discovering the Nature of Brilliance’. A preview of the chapter “WHAT’S SO FUNNY? Truth in Art?” is available on Amazon.
TIME profiles history’s most gifted and inventive humans and explores the work of scientists who are using advanced technologies in their attempts to isolate and quantify the nature of genius itself. We’ll explore the tantalizing questions surrounding human brilliance: Is genius the product of nature-or nurture? Is there a genetics of genius? Can science find new ways to enhance our intellectual and creative powers? How are child prodigies shaped? Is there a link between genius and mental instability? And can the experience of those with brain injuries open new windows into the nature of genius?
For those interested in the topic and nature of ‘genius’, I would also highly recommended reading Darrin McMahon’s ‘Divine Fury: A History of Genius’ which gives a detailed and extensively researched history of the idea of genius in the Western world.
(Thank you to StephenSmile64 for the Tip!)