Are you raising a genius? Dr. George Land appeared on TEDxTucson and talked about this, sharing the most recent results of a creativity test created by NASA. This test is used in school children, and the results were more than impressive.
NASA contacted the doctor and Beth Jarman to create a highly specialized test to determine the creative potential of their rocket scientists and engineers.
Scientists were shocked. They wanted to know more about “the source of creativity.” Do we develop it throughout our life? Are we born with it?
In 1968, they used the same test on 1,600 children aged 4-5. The kids were enrolled in a Head Start Program.
The test determines the ability to create new and different innovations and solutions to existing problems. According to the results, 98% of the kids belong to the genius category of imagination.
Experts were impressed, and they conducted a long study. Five years later, the kids were tested again. They found that only 30% of the kids belonged to the genius category of imagination.
Five years later, the kids were 15. About 15% of them were considered geniuses. So, what did happen in all those years? Experts used the same test on 280.000 adults aged 25+. The average age was 31.
The results showed that only 2% of the adults are viewed as creative geniuses. Land explains that “non-creative behavior is learned.”
Is the schooling system dumbing us?
Gavin Nascimento says that the results were replicated multiple times. The number goes over one million. So yes, there’s no doubt. He explained that the school system “robs us of our creative genius.”
“The reasoning for this is not too difficult to apprehend; school, as we plainly call it, is an institution that has historically been put in place to ultimately serve the wants of the ruling class, not the common people.
In order for the so-called elite to maintain their lavish lifestyles of overt luxury — where they contribute the least but enjoy the most — they understand that children must be dumbed down and brainwashed to accept (and even serve) their rapacious system of artificial scarcity, unending exploitation, and incessant war.”
Can you wake up the genius inside you? Land says ‘yes.’
“We found that what happens to these children, as we educate them, we teach them to do both kinds of thinking at the same time.”
We often get discouraged by people who say “we have tried that before.” There are also people who say that your ideas are dumb or “won’t work.”
“When we actually looking inside the brain we find that neurons are fighting each other and actually diminishing the power of the brain because we’re constantly judging, criticizing, and censoring. If we operate under fear we use a smaller part of the brain, but when we use creative thinking the brain just lights up.”
Try to judge less. You need to understand other people and the world in general. Be curious and stop criticizing everything around you.
Take care of the kid inside you. The genius is still here. Don’t forget that.
“Tomorrow, you take a table fork, turn your five-year-old on and come up with 25 or 30 ideas on how to improve on the table fork,” Land challenges us all.
Would you try this? Does this make sense to you? Several studies have shown the same results, and you can’t ignore that. People aren’t stupid. They just ignore the genius inside them.