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this ability to stand outside of one’s immediate context and take a longer historical view, like other forms of genius, may have physical correlates in the brain... they excel at “recognizing relationships, making associations and connections, and seeing things in an original way... much stronger activations (compared to a control group) in the association cortices, extensive regions on the outer surface of the brain that “interpret and make use of the specialized information collected by the primary visual, auditory, sensory, and motor regions.”...
her research supports the age-old connection between exceptional creativity and certain varieties of mental illness, especially depression and other mood disorders... Mental illness aside... the moral genius ... faces fierce opposition, and is not unfamiliar with suffering.
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