Lectures Lincoln Lecturing at Gettysburg - a hard act to follow!

Below is the complete schedule of all 28 regular lectures.  On separate webpages can be found complete topic outlines as well as representive references.  The latter can serve as a take-off point for the research on your term paper, should you wish to pursue a topic treated in that lecture.  The links for each lecture are targetted to the appropriate section of the corresponding page.


A. Defining the Phenomenon  
1. Genius I: Definitions & manifestations (outline / references)

2. Genius II: Measurement (outline / references)

B. Studying the Phenomenon  
3. Laboratory experiments: Problem solving (outline / references)

4. Artificial intelligence: Computer simulation (outline / references)

5. Content analysis: Subjective & objective (outline / references)

6. Psychometric methods: IQ tests (outline / references)

7. Longitudinal studies: Terman's gifted children (outline / references)

8. Historiometric inquiries: Cox's 301 geniuses (outline / references)

9. Mathematical models: IQ & influence (outline / references)

II. ATTRIBUTES OF GENIUS A. The Person   10. Creativity tests: CQ (outline / references)

11. Personality: Interview & assessment (outline / references)

12. Cognition: Integrative complexity (outline / references)

13. Motivation: Achievement, power, affiliation (outline / references)

14. Madness vs. mental health (outline / references)

B. The Product  
15. Age & achievement: Longitudinal changes (outline / references)

16. Lifetime output: Individual differences (outline / references)

17. Experimental aesthetics (outline / references)

18. Computer analysis of masterworks (outline / references)

III. ORIGINS OF GENIUS A. Individual Growth   19. Development I: Child prodigies & the gifted (outline / references)

20. Development II: Family environment (outline / references)

21. Development III: Education (outline / references)

22. Development IV: Social context (outline / references)

B. Situational Influences  
23. Genius vs. Zeitgeist I: Art (outline / references)

24. Genius vs. Zeitgeist II: Literature (outline / references)

25. Genius vs. Zeitgeist III: Philosophy (outline / references)

26. Genius vs. Zeitgeist IV: Science (outline / references)

27. Genius vs. Zeitgeist V: Politics (outline / references)

IV. OVERVIEW ON GENIUS 28. Creativity & leadership: Final inquiries (outline / references)
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