15 April 2010
Genius is overrated
Not very many people think of themselves as geniuses, so they make themselves believe up front that they won’t be able to do it ot understand it.
The arts face a very similar problem. There’s this notion out there that it’s about creativity, and waiting for the muse, when often the reality is that 90% of the job is just showing up and doing the work.
Every cool science story that you read here, there, or elsewhere almost always has an extraordinary amount of grunt work behind it. I wish that element of science got a little more acknowledgement, though I’m not sure of the best way to do that.
Photo by Lamont Cranston on Flickr. Used under a Creative Commons license.