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Howard Gardner
Booknotes, Sunday, October 5, 1997
Howard Gardner discusses Extraordinary Minds: Portraits Of 4 Exceptional Individuals And An Examination Of Our Own Extraordinariness (Masterminds Series).

Fifteen years ago, Harvard educator and psychologist Howard Gardner challenged the existing premise that intelligence consists of verbal or logical abilities only—those that are tested by schools—and argued for a broader understanding of the intelligent mind: one that embraces creation in the arts and music, spatial reasoning, and the ability to understand ourselves and others. Now, Gardner's ideas have not only become widely accepted but have changed the way we evaluate intelligence, genius, creativity, and even leadership. He is considered by educators, business persons, and policy-makers to be one of the leading authorities writing on these subjects today. Now, in EXTRAORDINARY MINDS, Gardner poses the question: Is there a set of traits shared by all truly great achievers—those we deem extraordinary—no matter their expertise or the time period within which they did their most important work? In an attempt to answer this question, Gardner first examines how most of us mature into more or less competent adults. He then closely examines the lives of Mozart, Freud, Woolf, and Gandhi, using each as an exemplar of a different kind of extraordinariness: Mozart as the master of a discipline; Freud as the innovative founder of a new discipline, Woolf as the great introspector; and Gandhi as the influencer. In his introductions Gardner explains his choices: "In every age a tiny percentage of individuals stand out by virtue of their creative achievements. A few are distinguished because of the prodigiousness and quality of their output: although he died young, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart created dozens of masterpieces in virtually every existing musical genre. Sometimes they stand out in terms of innovativeness; unknown at age forty, Sigmund Freud succeeded thereafter in creating an influential new domain called psychoanalysis. Sometimes they stand out in terms of insights into their own minds: Virginia Woolf penetrated deeply into her psyche, the experiences of women, and the nature of conscious mental processes. And sometimes they stand out in terms of their abilities to affect others: Mahatma Gandhi, a lawyer from an obscure province in colonial India, practiced a form of civil disobedience that inspired millions around the world." How can we make use of the experiences of the extraordinary person teach us about ourselves? Interestingly, Gardner finds that an excess of raw power is not the most impressive characteristic that super achievers have in common. The three core characteristics that they share are: 1) a special talent for identifying their own strengths and weaknesses 2) an ability to accurately analyze the events of their own lives 3) a facility for converting into future successes those inevitable setbacks that mark the lives of everyone Gardner has written about everything from leadership to creativity to intelligence and now, with EXTRAORDINARY MINDS, he casts his searching mind on the often taboo subject of extraordinariness. —from the publisher's website (timspalding)… (more)
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Gardner is best known for his work on the theory of multiple intelligences.
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